Planning for a Kickstarter campaign is no small task. We’ve had to work hard to refine our narrative, design the reward tiers and prizes, and set our goals at the right levels. We’ve had to enlist the support of others to produce a video and craft an outreach plan – relying on our partners, our users, social media, and our own personal networks – that will get the word out to as many people as possible.
Education technology can and will have a powerful impact on teaching and learning. Teachers use digital tools to get real-time information about student progress, share information more effectively with families, and engage students in collaborative, real-world projects. But developing edtech products is a complex process that too often leaves teachers, entrepreneurs, and investors dissatisfied and discouraged. It doesn’t have to be this way. New, collaborative models are showing that educators and developers can work together to create products that allow teachers to customize instruction and boost student learning.
Most educators I know are obsessed with learning. They live in a constant state of exploration; seeking out information and resources that will stretch their students’ (and their own) understanding of the world. Nevertheless, there exists a perception that teachers are resistant towards adopting new technologies in the classroom.
Coming into the accelerator in September, we knew LearnLaunch would provide strong support and useful resources to our company, but we didn’t know to what extent. As a children’s book publisher, we set our goal for September and October to find 10 new existing picture books and translate them by the holiday season. Here’s how LearnLaunch launched us into success:
Teachers are looking for more integration among the technology products they use in the classroom. This is the conversation we heard from three different groups of teachers who met with LearnLaunch and MASCD at the largest annual gathering of educators interested in technology in New England, the MASSCUE conference.
Subpar high school grades, work, children, financial limitations and, as US News recently points out, even immigration status can detrimentally affect students’ chances of matriculating at and subsequently earning a bachelor’s degree from a traditional four-year institution of higher learning.
In the world of higher education, technology conferences are a vital starting point for developing brand identification and relationships. Educators and administrators are constantly on the hunt for professional and institutional development. For start-ups it is important to understand the dynamics of each and every conference in order to get the most out of them
Imagine being able to sell your awesome edtech product to an addressable market that is about twice the size of the US, has the fastest-growing Internet population worldwide, and unlike the European market’s 24 (!) official working languages, speaks only two. Latin America is an edtech entrepreneur’s new Land of Opportunity, but it is also a Land of Caution. Breaking into the continent can be tremendously rewarding, but it requires a delicate balance of flexibility, resourcefulness and patience.
The fourth LearnLaunch Accelerator cohort is fully underway and the companies are running at full speed to prepare for a Demo Day on January 20th. Here are four lessons from LearnLaunch Accelerator’s fourth cohort:
Four higher ed experts talked trends to an audience of 80 at Education First (EF) in Cambridge at the LearnLaunch “Trends in Higher Ed” event on Wednesday, September 16th. The headlines:
Downward pressures on increasing tuition are strong, both because of student concern over college and post-graduate degree costs, but also because of new alternatives. This is causing colleges to focus on creating new revenue sources, or lowering their own costs.