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Join the Debate at EduTech

EduTech Debate hosts monthly discussions on various topics–from MOOCs to this month’s topic on ed-tech in private vs. public schools. We launched the debate with a piece on why ed-tech in private schools matters, how it can be more accountable than tech in government schools, and how it can make all the difference in improving education for low-income students.

“Technology works in environments that support it. APS schools self-select for parents who are willing to invest financially in their children’s education despite their low-income. This can create an environment where parents are open to trying new approaches to helping their children succeed academically. We witnessed this personally in the tablet pilots when parents showed a willingness to pay for personal tablets that their children would use in the classroom despite never having used a tablet themselves.

Because the schools are for-profit, capital investments must have some kind of value-add to justify the cost. These levers of accountability can create incentives for trying new technologies and actually being invested in adoption.”

Read the piece here and leave a comment on the site and let us know what you think!

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10 ICT Trends in Schools

In the next few days, we’ll be releasing our report on ed-tech in APS in India. The report discusses barriers to implementation and gaps and opportunities for education technology in India’s low-income schools.

Yesterday, The Hindu published an article by Sitaram Venkat about ten education technology trends that India’s schools should be aware of. The article identified trends such as better content creation, personal learning, and the role of teachers, which we also discuss in our report.

He explains:

“The creation of an interactive experience for students is imperative. Similarly the new-generation teacher must be technologically enabled to meet the demands of the student. Establishing technology as an enabler instead of a disruptive force will create a teacher-led pull for technology adoption. Additionally, uniform access to world-class content is essential. The opportunity is available now to build such an ecosystem.”

Here are the 10 trends he mentions:

1. Personal Computing

2. Better Content Creation

3. Anytime, Anywhere

4. Learning Made Personal

5. Cloud Computing

6. Game-on

7. Teacher Generated Content

8. Smart Portfolio Assessment

9. Teacher’s Role

10. Learning Spaces

Read the full article and about these trends here. And stay tuned for the release of our report!

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Welcome to the Ed-Tech India Blog!

Education technology has the potential to improve learning outcomes for a generation of children in the developing world.

But we’ve worked with affordable private schools (APS) in Hyderabad, India for two years, and we’ve seen the gap between the technology solutions being developed and the needs of the affordable education community.

The Education Technology in India (Ed-Tech India) project aims to bridge that gap through a forthcoming report to be published in early 2013.

Our report aims to maximize technology’s impact in education through understanding the needs, aspirations, and motivations of stakeholders in India’s low-income education system.

Through extensive interviews with stakeholders, implementation of educational tablets in two APS, and secondary research, we’ve sought to better understand the APS community’s relationship with ed-tech, and how those products can be better designed to meet the needs of India’s affordable schools. We’ve uncovered insights into how ed-tech consumption decisions are made, the biggest blocks to success, and trends being observed in the rapidly growing ed-tech phenomenon–the tablet.

Our hope is that these insights inspire richer discussions about ed-tech use in learning environments in developing countries and inform how technology products and services are built and developed for this segment.

This site is a platform to share the findings from our research and serve as a venue for further conversation on issues relating to education technology in affordable education. In the coming weeks, we will publish our final report here.

Learn more about affordable private schools here.

Our biographies can be found here.

For more information about this project, please contact us.

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