Looking Ahead: How EdTech Will transform This Year - Sourceofearn
Looking Ahead: How EdTech Will transform This Year
When it comes to education, the world is changing fast right now. In large part thanks to the Internet and the use of mobile devices and tablets, which is growing faster and faster every year, edtech is revolutionizing the way we learn. Whether it’s taking classes online, or having the right resources at the tip of your fingers, edtech is constantly changing. And 2018 is no exception.
In 2018, there are going to be many companies that are changing the way we both learn and teach. So let’s look ahead to the new year, and learn a little bit about them:
Any student is going to benefit from Studypool - ”an online marketplace that connects students with questions with tutors who answer them,” according to the company website. Unlike other tutoring websites - where students will have to plan in advance what they want to ask, and what they’re stuck on, and then wait to meet online - Studypool simplifies the entire process and gets students the answers they need right away.
How? More or less, it works like this: first, a student posts an academic question, and sets a time limit and a price range; then, the student receives bids from verified tutors, and Studypool can automatch the student, or the student can choose the tutor based on reviews and profiles; finally, the tutor provides the student with the answer. Additionally, there’s a chat function available if students want to discuss the question and answer.
AIETA, which stands for the American International English Teachers Association, is changing the face of international education as we know it. In the past, if an aspiring teacher wanted to get work abroad, teaching English as a foreign language, it was a complicated, messy process. From figuring out whether schools would pay airfare, to where it’s possible to get visas with an American passport, it was a daunting task.
AIETA changes all of that. They handle the entire process, on both ends of the recruiting process, by matching the best students with the best schools. And considering that a huge number of English teachers are renewing their contracts more than ever before, it’s more important than ever for new applicants to have a leg up. Additionally, this ensures that applicants get the visas they need, accommodations, and paid-for-flights.
Holberton School of Software Engineering
Finally, considering that one of the most important aspects of education is making it as progressive as possible, startup schools like the Holberton School of Software Engineering are more and more representing the future of education. How? Well, unlike many coding schools that are based in San Francisco - and there are many - this school offers its education for free.
Instead of paying their tuition upfront, students who give back 17 percent of their salaries or internship pay the first three years after graduating: that way, the school’s going to provide the kind of education that students will most definitely have success with. This also opens up the doors to students of all backgrounds, which will bring more diversity to the tech industry, according to Business Insider.
Considering that, at some coding boot camps tutition can range from $10,000-$20,000, the Holberton School is making a huge difference in the edtech world by giving prospective coders the chance to learn a new skill that is of increasing value to businesses across verticals. And with students getting hired by Google, LinkedIn, and NASA, it’s the kind of education we can really believe in. Students are getting hired and going places, and changing the face of software engineering as we know it.
As you can see, the future of the edtech is changing constantly - and it’s changing not only the way we learn but entire lives and careers. Knowledge is power, as the old saying says, and it’s even truer now that we’ve got a way to share knowledge with the entire world. By making education more accessible, edtech is going to transform in 2018. We’re excited to see what these companies will bring in the new year - and in the future, too.
What edtech companies are you excited about in the coming year? What changes do you see in the industry?