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Ancient History Encyclopedia | United Kingdom |www.ancient.eu

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World's most-read history encyclopedia

What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?

I believe that we're going to see an increasing shift to free resources. In several countries around the world we have already seen a decreasing reliance on printed textbooks, and I think that the next step will be that we will encounter the freemium business model (where the content or tool is free and you pay for optional add-ons) more frequently in educational tools and content providers. Prominent examples of this trend are Duolingo, Coursera or Newsela.

Making access to educational tools free helps democratise learning. When a student in the United States has access to the same content and tools as a student in India, we're helping people across the globe to achieve a deeper level of learning. It also means that lifelong learners have access to the same resources as students in school and university, making it easier to access great learning tools and content.

The theme of EdTechXEurope 2018 is ‘Eternally Learning’. What does eternal learning mean to you?

I strongly believe that we should always strive to improve. Without learning, there is no improvement, and therefore learning should never stop.

Lifelong learning is becoming easier thanks to the internet. Whether we watch TED Talks, take an online class, or read up on a new subject... it's easier than it ever was. At Ancient History Encyclopedia, about 50% of our readers are not in education and simply want to learn more about the past.

What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech in your country?

Technology should be embraced, but it's not the solution to everything. We still need great teachers, and they need high-quality content at their disposal that they can transmit to their students. Technology lets us hugely improve teaching, but we cannot let it replace teaching.

Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

Like my belief on "eternally learning," no company, organisation, or government has all the answers. Education is the best way to create a better world, and we need to do it together!

How does your current role allow you to make a difference to education and learning space?

Every day I am motivated by the fact that millions of teachers and students visit our website each month. 80% of students report that Ancient History Encyclopedia has helped them improve their academic performance. As the head of Ancient History Encyclopedia, I guide the strategy of our non-profit company on how we promote the study of history and make it easier for people to learn about the past. History is the foundation of our cultural and national identities, and it defines how we see the world. By improving historical understanding I hope that we will help future generations create a better, more tolerant world.

Who would you like to meet at the event?

Educators, ed-tech companies, and funding sources

When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to learning more about trends in the ed-tech sector and education in general, as well as meeting interesting people to exchange ideas with. I'm really excited as this is my first EdTechX event.

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