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Episode 24

Technology That Powers Education and Improves Learning for All

Brief description of the episode

Dan Gizzi, speaks with Andrew Lippert, CTO of McGraw Hill, and Acky Kamdar, CEO of Magic EdTech, to get their perspective on the effects of the pandemic on the edtech industry, how to stay ahead of EdTech trends, and how to ensure a positive learning experience for students and teachers.


Key Takeaways:

  • Post-pandemic technology has provided analytic tools that make individualized instruction possible for a single educator with different types of students rather than teaching every student as though they were a mainstream learner.
  • Traditionally, this level of personalization would take immense investment where these analytics now allow a teacher to identify where students are struggling and offer them support seamlessly in specific subject areas.
  • These analytics can be incredibly beneficial to students who may have difficulty communicating or comprehending when they need help.
  • In order to ensure profitability, you have to stay ahead of the curve and deliver better learning efficacy.
  • Learning efficacy should be in place regardless of mandates but rather to be inclusive to all and expand your market.
  • Investing in something like accessibility and addressing the need ahead of time is a massive differentiator.
  • Learning outcomes are important but the journey is just as important, learning should be a positive experience for everyone involved.
  • Learning efficacy leads to greater satisfaction among students, knowing that their needs are being considered during the development process.
  • Learning efficacy can result in a much more positive and conducive learning experience for students of all types.
  • Digital Equity plays a large role in this, every student in every classroom must have a piece of technology that they can leverage to get digital courseware. These devices should be comparable to their peers in order to ensure further equity so that our technology-based solutions can be more ubiquitous.
  • Network access becomes part of this discussion as well, not everyone may have network access and if they do it may not be stable or comparable to their classmates which then drives injustice.
  • Younger grade levels often require some paper products like a worksheet or a textbook that you can flip through. There is something to be said for traditional learning methods and help them understand the basis of learning.

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