An educational technology panel hosted by Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management took place at Plug and Play HQ last night. Ed Tech, the use of technological processes and resources to improve learning performance, is a new sector that is rapidly expanding throughout educational institutions. The panel, comprised exclusively of Kellogg Alumni, discussed the advancement of student education and learning performance through the use of technology. On a high level, Ed Tech companies seek to innovate in the following areas: access to course material, student motivation and participation, improved content delivery, progress measurement,and differentiated instruction, but it can really be used to describe anything that helps learning. Ed Tech ranges from brain games such as Lumosity’s stimulating brain training games to platforms like Apply Wise that help students manage the college application process. Though education is ripe for technology innovation, the industry faces hurdles such as administrative resistance to change, slow adoption to technology and difficulty integrating new technologies into traditional curriculum. Either way, there will be boundless activity and growth in this field over the next few years, some of which will come directly from Plug and Play’s 300+ startups.
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