Ed-Tech

Throughout sustained growth within the education technology division in competition to put out new and improved digital tools for students to use, some educators have been disconnected between products offered and products school really need.

“I think there’s a tendency to see ed tech as the savior of American education, and I do not believe it is,” said Eva Moskowitz, the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York. “I do not believe you can get to equality through ed tech.”

Suggesting that by taking a position like it it may be considered “hearsay”, Moskowitz lectured around 200 entrepreneurs as well as investors of how technology may be unable to replace teachers when attempting to inspire and implement passion for education.

“In that sense, ed tech is not the answer,” the founder stated. “But I think ed tech can be enormously helpful if used in a surgical, strategic way.”

Recurring Theme

Her message had been a dominant theme in NYEdTech Week, NYU’s three-day event that saw technology investors, inventors, educators and entrepreneurs come together and discuss future market potential in the sector.

Education technology has been often displayed as a cure for issues in K to 12 education, and only on rare occasions does tech significantly cause an effect- even so it is for a large price.

However, this sector drives modernization in the United States education system, widely acknowledged to fall behind other areas.

One key focus area is a response to initiatives in schools to adopt “personalized learning” – creating specific learning environments suited to each individual student’s needs.

A week ago the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, posted a note on his Facebook entitled “Lessons in Philanthropy 2017,” where he detailed lessons he has learned along with his wife Priscilla Chan in the initial years of running their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

“Over the long term, we need to build tools to empower every teacher at every school to provide personalized instruction and mentorship to every student,” the entrepreneur said in the note. “We need an education system where all students receive the equivalent of an expert one-on-one tutor.”