Edupreneurs at SXSWedu
Every year, hundreds of edupreneurs – that is, entrepreneurs whose focus is on offering services that improve education – get together at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference to discuss innovations and improvements in education, make new connections, and brainstorm solutions to problems in the educational system. In 2014, there were 110 edupreneurs at SXSWedu. Here are three of our favorites.
Monica Brady-Myerov is best known for her National Public Radio career. She began as a freelance radio reporter in Kenya and Brazil, where she worked for Voice of America and Radio France International. She has been in the United States since 1993 and has worked with NPR since 1998; she's won a ton of awards and has advised college students who are interested in journalism careers. At SXSW, she introduced Listen Edition, a service that offers teachers curated public radio podcasts they can use in the classroom to get kids interested in current events and learn to listen critically to broadcasts. Brady-Myerov's dedication both to journalism and higher education are more impressive than even her awards and worldwide adventures.
Naimish Gohil is a British former educator who was an assistant head teacher at a well-known school. He recently resigned from the world of teaching in order to concentrate fully on his new educational service, Show My Homework. Show My Homework is an online tool that allows teachers to assign homework and students to look at their calendar and see when it's due. Gohil used his IT experience – he was responsible for IT at the schools where he taught – as well as the problems he experienced with getting student homework in on time to create his product. The creativity and thought he put into making an effective solution to the problems surrounding homework in most schools on both sides of the Atlantic are quite impressive.
Eric Tucker has dedicated his life to improving education. As co-founder and CEO of Design Innovation Factory, he has helped build and improve urban school systems on four continents, including in 32 of the 50 states in America. He is also the co-founder and chief academic officer of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues. At SXSW, he talked about his plan to open the Brooklyn Laboratory School, a charter school that focuses on teaching students math, science, and other skills they need to succeed in future industries. Tucker's dedication is impressive. He is involved in a million projects but manages to give equal time to all of them so that kids can succeed educationally.
SXSWedu helps educators learn about innovations that can help them teach students at all levels. What innovations in the college experience would you like to see?
Written by Ashford University staff