Technology and Education Opportunities are Growing
Using technology to teach has always fallen behind the idea of simply teaching. When technology and education were integrated, it was a nice addition to the lesson. However, because of limited funding or a lack of desire to integrate technology into the classroom, it consistently fell to wayside of learning.
Today, the idea of not using technology and education is quickly becoming an afterthought. We saw a glimpse of this when computer labs showed up. As the Internet became more common, colleges offering online courses started giving access to a broader student body. Ideas like Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), ASAPScience, and Kahn Academy are becoming commonplace for anyone looking to learn. And now many innovators are going corporate to bolster funding and production through programs with LearnLaunchX, Socratic Labs, Kaplan, and Pearson.
These new groups are technology and education accelerators focused on bringing inventive ways to positively impact education with technology. They all basically follow a similar format of providing initial funding, mentorships, and opportunities for massive growth as the companies develop. This model has shown promise in other education-related business development groups, like the new Dorm Room Fund.
While many of these are in the application phase to find their technology and education startup companies (Kaplan and LearnLaunchX), others have already found some great opportunities (Socratic Labs). These businesses range from college loan repayment assistance with Loan Hero to inventive lesson plan sharing for prizes with Edventory. These two businesses show amazing potential to help students and teachers alike. And there is truly no limit to what else could follow.
So, what are you hoping to see? Or more importantly, do you have an idea that you want to pitch? Now may be the right time.