What do you like about your role?
I love building something that can make a change in people’s life. It’s like having a lot of power in your hands and the difference between success and fail it’s only a matter of taking the correct decisions.
Share three predictions on the future of Edtech.
General interest. Edtech it’s still quite residual, but technology is here to stay, and all the players involved in education will soon realize it and as a result of that investment and awareness will potentially increase.
Education 1-to-1. Technology will solve the problem of different speed learning among the students on the same classroom.
Evaluation. Nowadays there’s a lot of experimentation on education, but there’s still little documentation about how the new methodologies and tools are affecting students.
What technologies do you believe have the potential to transform the education industry?
Machine learning. And I see the potential here with being able to address specific content to specific users, depending on their knowledge or even on their context. And all managed automatically!
Virtual reality. Instead of learning things we will be able to live them. It’s only a matter of time that we’ll be feeling those stories.
Big data. Will allow us to vitamin every content so we’ll be able to get deeper on any topic we want to learn about. It’s going to be awesome!
As we are celebrating out 5th anniversary of EdTechXEurope, we are looking at the key trends over the past 5 years in edtech. What would you say have been the key areas of change that are impacting edtech today? Anything unexpected that surprised you? Trends that were overhyped and never met their expected potential?
At least in Spain the most important key areas are hardware and mentality.
Access to internet connections and any sort of device is still a challenge for many schools but once is achieved the wheel starts to roll.
About mentality, 5 years back it was pretty difficult to find any teacher supporting technology in the classroom, while nowadays is an unstoppable commodity.
I see a few overhyped trends, but for some of them it’s probably a matter of time. We want to see results soon, and it doesn’t work that way with technology. Probably VR hasn´t fulfilled expectations yet, but I truly believe it will change everything some day. The same thing happens with everything that involves hardware. Hardware is normally expensive and that’s a pain point for many schools. Besides, software for those new devices and perfectly adapted for education takes time to be developed. Expectations are always a concern, and hype never helps.
Why is it important for all players in the edtech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?
We are part of an innovation department with the strong believe on sharing everything that we learn. It’s the only way to build something big. Otherwise we would all be working on the same problems, with similar and partial solutions… The more we learn the farther we reach.
When you think about joining EdTechXEurope this year, what are you looking forward to? What makes you excited about our event in London?
I am a new kid on the block and we are feeling amazed about all the activity that is currently going on in education. We come from an old school background and it’s great to meet people that are really making things change.
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