#221 – What Matters in Edtech: Future Tech and Trends
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Welcome to the latest episode of the GLOBAL edition of our What Matters in Edtech Series, our podcast collaboration with Bett. This podcast series is all about the things that matter in education, and how and when tech might help.
So, what’s in this episode?
This episode returns to the topic of future tech and trends in education, with one big consensus point across all our guests; collaboration, emotional learning and motivation.
With many of us experiencing the fall-out of poorly designed reactive online learning, this episode provides hope that the next generation of edtech (and its pedagogical deployment) will be all about more sophisticated ways of connecting, collaborating and learning together. For this, we need to understand our intrinsic emotions and motivations as learners better. Our guests chat about social-emotional learning, the next evolution of personalised learning, and how to demand the specific benefits of “AI in education”. Plus, how investment is driving innovation across the U.S, Europe and China.
A big shout out to Bett for supporting this series, FormAssembly for supporting this episode, and to our fantastic guests from all around the world in Estonia, the UK, India, Switzerland and the U.S for their personal and professional insights on this topic.
Follow the conversation using #Edtechpod and #Bett2021. Enjoy and be sure to scroll down for guest info, episode time stamps, references and resources!
The Edtech Podcast Team
A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. In 1986, he was one of the first in the world to apply machine learning to develop a self-improving teaching system. Pierre obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva.
Pierre joined EPFL in 2002. He was the director of Center for Research and Support on Learning and its Technologies, then academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations). He is a professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: “Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction”. Pierre is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,…). With EPFL colleagues, in 2017, he launched the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with 80 start-ups in learning technologies. He (co-)-founded 4 start-ups, does consulting missions in the corporate world and joined the board of several companies or institutions. In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences that brings together the local initiatives in educational innovation. He is a fellow of the International Society for Learning Sciences.
Margus is Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Education of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tartu, where he is leading the Centre for Educational Technology. He is also the head of Pedagogicum, which is a consortium of all faculties for coordinating teacher education at the University of Tartu. The teaching and research focus of Margus Pedaste is on improving learners’ digital literacy, inquiry-skills and problem solving, as well as on educational technology in supporting teaching and learning – augmented reality, virtual reality, web-based simulations, learning analytics. He has lead or participated as a principal investigator in several international research and development projects to support students’ learning and teachers’ professional development or teacher education reform in Estonia.
Anantha Duraiappah took the position as inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. A science-policy pacesetter, with over 33 years’ experience, he now plays a key role in positioning UNESCO MGIEP as a leading research institute by drawing from the sciences of learning and Social-Emotional Learning towards education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.
Anantha received his PhD in economics specialising in mathematical and computational modelling from the University of Texas in Austin, USA. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed books and journal articles and presently sits on the editorial boards of a number of international peer-reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS), a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Dr Duraiappah is presently focusing on strengthening the science-policy guide in Education by researching and exploring how the sciences of learning can contribute to developing emotional and intellectual intelligence through innovative digital pedagogies. He was instrumental in having an ACT passed in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh to include Social Emotional Learning and to use digital pedagogies as a mandatory requirement for teachers.
Benoit Wirz is a partner at Brighteye working with startups that leverage technology to help people learn, create and participate in the knowledge economy. Brighteye Ventures is the first edtech focused venture capital fund based in Europe, investing in early-stage companies in Europe, Israel and the US.
Previously, Ben started and ran the Knight Enterprise Fund, a US seed-stage venture fund as part of the $2.5B Knight Foundation focused on edtech, media and govtech companies, investing in over 40 startups including Nearpod, Newsela and Tapad (acquired by Telnor). Prior to Knight, Ben was a partner with US Global, where he developed and invested in startups in energy, manufacturing and tech.
Ben received his BA and MA at Stanford University, his MBA at INSEAD and is a Kauffman Fellow.
Based in Silicon Valley, Lance Huang is currently the Education Lead at Agora.io, a public company offering a real-time engagement platform that enables video/audio calls and live interactive streaming. He is dedicated to helping EdTech companies assemble interactive classrooms and effectively engage students across the world.
Prior to Agora, Lance was the Investment Manager at TAL Education Group, one of the leading EdTech companies providing after-school tutoring services. He has experience accelerating the business growth of EdTech companies and helping them develop sustainable strategies.
Lance Huang received a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Duke University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees. She is very lucky to work with a distributed team on The Edtech Podcast.
Quotes from this week’s episode
References from this week’s episode
- Time Stamps for the episode
- 5:22 – Pierre Dillenbourg
- 15:58 – Magnus Pedaste
- 29:41 – Anantha Duraiappah
- 44:47 – Benoit Wirz
- 58:21 – Lance Huang
- 1:10:40 – Guest recommendations and resources
- The What Matters in Edtech Series – link to all episodes in the series
- Pierre Dillenbourg – LinkedIn
- EPFL – Website
- EPFL – Twitter
- Turning the challenges of remote teaching into opportunities – article via EPFL website
- EPFL laboratory for Digital Vocation, Education and Training & Machine Learning for Education – details via EPFL website
- Lancaster University – Twitter
- University of Geneva – Website
- University of Geneva – Twitter
- Centre of Digital Education – Website
- CHILI Lab – Website
- CHILI Lab – Twitter
- Dynamico – Website
- Why Switzerland’s dual-track education system is unique – Article by SWI swissinfo.ch on Swiss Vocational Education System
- Professor Tim O’Shea – profile via Centre for Research and Digital Education
- Centre for Research and Digital Education – website
- Tanya Kaeser – profile via EPFL website
- Margus Pedaste – Twitter
- Margus Pedaste – LinkedIn
- University Of Tartu – Website
- University of Tartu – Twitter
- University of Tartu – LinkedIn
- Centre of Educational Technology, University of Tartu – Website
- Go-Lab – Website
- Go-Lab – Twitter
- TransferWise – Twitter
- TransferWise, Next Generation – Website/article – Lots on their partnership with Estonia education, also info on the virtual school they created with Bolt.
- TransferWise/Bolt Virtual School – Blog post about the virtual school
- Developing IT Skills in Estonia schools – A study conducted on behalf of TransferWise by the researchers of the Institute of Education and Institute of Computer Science of Tartu University, 2019
- Bolt – Website
- Bolt – Twitter
- Skype – Website
- Skype – Twitter
- Unicorn Squad – Website
- Clanbeat – Website
- Clanbeat – Twitter
- Education Estonia – Website
- Education Estonia – Twitter
- Next Lab – Website (This is part of GoLab)
- Ark Of Enquiry – Website
- Ark of Enquiry – Twitter
- BitDegree – Website
- BitDegree – Twitter
- A review of self-regulated learning, Ernesto Pandero – Article
- William Damon, The Path To Purpose – Website with PDF link for article
- How Is Agency Possible, Gurt Biesta & Michael Tedder – Website with PDF link for article
- Phases of Enquiry Based Learning, Margus Pedaste – Website with PDF link for article
- Margus Pedaste, Research Gate – Website, Margus has many publications available here.
- Anantha K Duraiappah – LinkedIn
- Anantha K Duraiappah – profile on UNESCO website
- Anatha K Duraiappah – publications on UNESCO website Anantha has written
- Achieving Peace – Mainstreaming SEL In Education, Dr Ananth K Duraiappah – YouTube Lecture
- Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) – Website
- MGIEP – Twitter
- Tech Talk 2020: Reimagining Education – YouTube
- Social Emotional Learning Blog – Medium
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – Website
- UNESCO – Twitter
- National University of Singapore (NUS) – Website
- NUS – Twitter
- Int. Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – Website
- IISD – Twitter
- UN Environment Program – Website
- UN Environment Program – Twitter
- United Nations University (UNU) – Website
- UNU – Twitter
- We The Peoples – Kofi Annan’s Millennium Report – PDF link
- Richard Davidson & Daniel Goleman – Altered Traits – Book link on Amazon
- Richard Davidson – Website
- Richard Davidson – Twitter
- Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence – Book link on Amazon
- Daniel Kahneman – Thinking Fast and Slow – Book link on Amazon
- Daniel Goleman – Website
- Robert Supolsky – Behave – Book link on Amazon
- WHO Mental Health Atlas 2014 – Website with D/L link
- WHO Mental Health Atlas 2017 – Website with D/L link
- Kimberly Schonert-Reichl – Twitter
- Advancements in the Landscape of Social and Emotional Learning and Emerging Topics on the Horizon – Kimberly Schonert-Reichl – Researchgate.net download page (download must be requested)
- The Need For Secular Ethics in Modern Education – Dalai Lama – Website article
- Beyond Religion – The Dalai Lama – Book link on Amazon
- Benoit Wirz – LinkedIn
- Benoit Wirz – Twitter
- Brighteye Ventures – Website
- Brighteye Ventures – Twitter
- The European EdTech Funding Report 2021, BrightEye Ventures – Website (includes PDF link)
- How Covid19 is impacting customer interest in EdTech, Brighteye Ventures – Website/Article
- Epic – Twitter
- Ornikar – Website
- Ornikar – Twitter
- IronHack – Twitter
- Tandem – Twitter
- Aula – Twitter
- Multiverse – Twitter
- Clubhouse – Twitter
- Yubo – Twitter
- Education Technology: Out With The Old School – Article, Barclays
- Disrupting How We Learn: 4 EdTech Areas To Watch – Article, Barclays
- The Future of Education: Unbundled & Content Driven – Medium Article
- What If Unbundling School Made It Better – Medium Article
- Lance Huang – LinkedIn
- Agora – Website
- Agora – Twitter
- TAL Education Group – Website
- TAL Education Group – Twitter
- Coursera – Twitter
- Udacity – Twitter
- 2U – Twitter
- Masterclass – Website
- Masterclass – Twitter
- TeachFX – Twitter
- Laureate International Universities – Website
- Grand Canyon Education – Website
- Wiley And Sons (Publishers) – Website
- Wiley and Sons – Twitter
- Dual Teacher Mode – Medium Article
- Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning – Michael Moe – Medium Article
- Michael Moe – LinkedIn
- Michael Moe – Twitter
- GSV Global – Twitter
- ASU GSV Summit – Twitter
Thank you to FormAssembly for supporting this episode
This episode of The EdTech Podcast is sponsored by FormAssembly, the leading web form builder and data collection platform for colleges and universities.
With its drag-and-drop interface, robust integrations, and high standards of security and compliance, FormAssembly helps hundreds of customers in the higher education industry streamline data collection processes for students, staff, and alumni. For more information about FormAssembly, visit formassembly.com/edtech.
Thanks also to Bett for supporting the What Matters in Edtech GLOBAL series
Bett is the global meeting place for the education community. A trusted brand with more than 30 years of heritage, the Bett series promotes the discovery of knowledge and technology to enhance lifelong learning. The Bett series attracts over 60,000 educators, leaders and practitioners alongside more than 1,255+ technology providers from around the globe. For more information go to https://www.bettshow.com/bett-global-series
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