Understanding the various forces that are buffeting (I will not use the word “disrupting”) K-12 education is challenging even for those of us who work inside the industry.
Common Core learning standards. One-to-one computing, tablet and Bring Your Own Technology initiatives. Adaptive and personalized learning enabled by tech. Open Educational Resources for digital “chunked” content that can be mixed, modified and shared. And many foundations and education reform organizations stirring the pot.
For the MIT Enterprise Forum in Seattle, I moderated the panel discussion “Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Education” for its November program. It was a PowerPoint-free 90 minutes with DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson, McGraw-Hill Education Center for Digital Innovation Senior Vice President Randy Reina, and Startup Weekend Seattle EDU organizer and the Evergreen School teacher Lindsey Own.
We considered, debated and batted about all of the above topics, with a focus on technology and what entrepreneurs both outside and within the education community need to know.
The video of the full panel has been posted on YouTube (thanks to Puget Sound Video‘s professional recording):
Among the highlights: what entrepreneurs need to minimize risk, and the role of foundations. It’s worth watching if you’re only peripherally familiar with the issues and what’s already being done — or simply want a deeper understanding.