Episode 15 – “We Drone on about Ed Tech”

Episode 15 – “We Drone on about Ed Tech”

In this episode, Ricky and Matt discuss AppreNet’s latest round of funding, SXSWEdu 2016 trends, The tech diversity gap, and how a drone could impact education.

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Apparent raises $1.8 Million in funding –

Technical.ly reports that Apprenet, an online learning platform that works with Universities and companies like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse, raised 1.8 million in it’s latest round of funding. Ed tech companies are becoming a pretty large focus of investors recently and Apprenet is the most recent beneficiary. There company provides online learning solutions for Universities and Businesses and is going to be use this money to expand their personnel and to boost customer acquisition.

Future of Ed Tech Looking at SXSWEdu Proposals –

EdSurge shares some predictions for the future of Ed Tech by looking at the session proposals for SXSWedu 2016. They basically look at the words used in the proposal and the main topics to try and assess what may shift in the next years of Ed tech. Apparently, there is a decline in the word “tech” and an increase in words like, “create” and “hands-on”.  Sessions about Massive Open Online Courses, or Mooc’s are also on the rise.

DARPA Robotics Competition Gender Diversity –

This story is from Re/Code… It’s another story about the diversity gap in computer science. The article notes that although the number of women in these types of jobs is a little under 30%, a recent DARPA robotics competition had only about 5% female participation.


Drone Use in Education –

Drone company who figured out the market is saturated so they ported a fairly rudimentary “open source” system and are pitching it to schools. Probably one of the most blatantly brilliant moves in the drone world.


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