EdTech Champion Portcrash: Interview with Founder and CEO Maike Niemeier

If you want to change the sphere of early education for the better, you have a long and winding road ahead of you. Many edtech entrepreneurs and edtech startups jump at the opportunity this very minute, as traditional analog education methods and digital innovations finally overlap in the mainstream. Hybrid approaches may help bridge the gap between old-school approaches and alienating teachers and other educators with entirely new digital learning ecosystems. With a strong focus on a positive user experience and storytelling, edtech innovations may even conquer the kid’s room. In this CEO interview, we take a look at German edtech startup Portcrash, based in Petershagen.  1) Questions regarding Portcrash Maike,

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Edtech Champion Peergrade: Improved Learning With Peer Assessment

Have you or your teachers used peer feedback before? If not, you should look into this. Online platforms can empower teachers to create better students by letting students take part in evaluation and feedback. This idea was developed by David Kofoed Wind, Co-founder and CEO of Peergrade. We talked to him about what Peergrade offers and how this plays into the grand scheme of things concerning Edtech. About Your Startup Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I am co-founder and CEO of Peergrade and a PhD student in machine learning at The Technical University of Denmark. Peergrade is a tool to help educators and

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Top 10 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand EdTech

The average 21st century classroom is, unsurprisingly, more tech-savvy than ever. Many are packed with iPads and laptops, catchy educational videos, expensive laboratory facilities, and even students attending remotely from around the world. To understand modern education, you must track the current trends in educational technology and virtual engagement. What better way than to hear from experts and innovators behind today’s most popular, influential ed-tech resources? In these TED talks, you’ll hear from engineering and programming innovators, pioneers in virtual education, and teachers who have embraced bold ideas in the brick-and-mortar classroom. Read on to discover a new world of exploration, imagination—and fun! Top 10 EdTech TED Talks  1. “Why

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Edtech Champion xpectum: High-Quality Remote Learning Delivered Efficiently

In modern society, lifelong learning seems to become ever more important. To make education easily accessible and independent of one’s location, edtech companies such as xpectum offer remote learning solutions. With xpectum’s ready-made courses for the Swedish market and the authoring tool Make My Course for the international market, you can upgrade your skills in an easy way. Erik, thank you so much for giving us some insights into your work and the field edtech. First things first: Please introduce yourself briefly. Who are you and what do you do? I’m the marketing manager of xpectum AB, a Swedish edtech company. I live in Åre with my wife and daughter. Most of my

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Industry Focus: Course Materials

Technology-based alternative content is forcing changes in the textbook publishing industry. For this reason, educational institutions need to adapt their curriculum accordingly. Luckily, for ambitious job seekers interested in technology and education, this brings positive changes in terms of new job positions. However, for you to contribute to this industry, you first need to familiarise yourself with innovative educational changes. Digital Educational Resources Nowadays, young people tend to be technology-oriented. Therefore, students would benefit from institutions providing a range of online learning and content tools, including video and open educational resources (OERs). OERs include all educational resources, usually in a digital form such as learning objects, open courseware, etc. that

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Industry Focus: Language Learning

Technology has brought us an easy way to communicate and cooperate with people from other countries, and for that reason, the need for multilingualism has increased. People are in search for a quick and efficient way to learn a new language, thus providing companies dedicated to digital language learning a new market for development. This branch of edtech is rapidly evolving. The necessity to become proficient in modern communications and information technologies, and the need to improve the quality of their education sector, have driven many developing countries to invest in e-learning. With the expansion of this field of business, new job opportunities are opening, providing educated and enthusiastic young

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