Quick thoughts and quotes from day 2 on the morning of day 3:
Personalization and Persistence in Online Programs
- You have to get the student data and then do something actionable with it, that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise – that second part is the struggle.
- Agile development may need to seep into the classroom somehow to really make edtech work.
- “Set it and forget it” doesn’t work except for maybe 5% of students who are already self-motivated; teachers/coaches are key.
- Don’t use professional development as a crutch – it doesn’t make up for poor planning and implementation.
- The data tagging/authoring piece is a real challenge for adaptive personalized software.
A Lord, a Lady, and a Deputy Walk Into a…
- Richard Culatta: “Don’t just do more of what we’re doing now”; we could replicate “offline learning” in edtech, but that would be a big mistake; “digitizing traditional education processes” is a major thing that keeps him up at night
- We have to remember that teachers aren’t professional data analysts; we have to take the data, analyze it, and give teachers something concrete and meaningful.
- Lord Jim Knight: In England all money is spent at the individual school level; they have the opposite problem as the US (no economies of scale/impulsive & inefficient purchasing vs. overly long sales cycle, tremendous number of hoops to jump through to sell to large districts in US)
- Culatta: Lots of bad products out there, need a premium on useable design
- Audrey Watters: edtech is a “backwater” in many ways, with products in use that would be unacceptable in any other context
- Watters: content available on the web is available across platforms/countries- we don’t take advantage of this enough
- Watters: a major problem in edtech is that the purchaser is often completely separate from the users
- Infrastructure limitations (old computers, slow/no internet) are still a huge barrier in many schools/districts
Building Schools into the Innovation Ecosystem
- Watters: Top down control over innovation generally doesn’t work out
- Jess Bialecki: need a balance of short-term innovation and long-term looking out for the well-being of students, teachers, and schools
- Bialecki: Innovators often don’t understand how hard teachers’ jobs are; can’t easily change workflows just for an edtech product
- Interesting questions about “unbundling” the different parts of the K-12 ed value proposition.
Asenath Andrews keynote quotes:
- People always try to make the kids fit the school, instead of school fit the kids
- Everything else is marketed to kids, but we don’t do a good job of marketing education to kids
- Kids do what you expect them to do
- You don’t need shoes – you need wings
See you at day 3!