Find Ed Tech accelerators!

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Hello!

I’ve compiled a list of accelerators I’m going to apply. I can’t decide if I should find developers and designers before or try to convince them that it’s something I need to do while in a accelerator?
I really think that I need someone who is either as passionate about digital education or wants to challenge themselves by building a totally new platform. Cause I can’t pay anything now, hmm…BUT IF SOMEONE IS INTERESTED, LET ME KNOW!

Back to accelerators, I have some favourites but any of these would be awesome to get in.

emerge_edu21 Emerge Education – Emerge Education is a 3-month, London-based accelerator programme for startups intending to improve educational outcomes worldwide.

edtech-logo1 Kaplan EdTech Accelerator – The Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars​,​ is a three-month intensive, mentor-driven, deep immersion program for twelve education technology startups.

1209213_230762600410860_1389334199_n 1776 Is more of a platform rather than accelerator, 1776 wants to help startups to reinvent the world by connecting the hottest startups with the resources they need to excel.

66651_10151433743318559_1214927968_n  Startl – is a accelerator program that was active in 2013 for ed tech companies in early stages. I’m looking into if it still going on.

ycombinator-logo-fb889e2e Y CombinatorThis one is famous. Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding.

423068_301368173302592_204443380_n Socratic Labs – Accelerator + community + campus in NYC focused on educational technology entrepreneurship.

logo LearnLaunchX – LEARNLAUNCHX grows great education and learning companies. Based in Boston, a world education capital, LearnLaunchX  provides select companies with seed funding, a place to work, an unmatched team of mentors with deep domain experience and strategic relationships, a cohort of fellow entrepreneurs and a structured development program.

560813_251438315006451_1979301681_n BeeSpaceBeespace is a nonprofit incubator, helping to identify and launch the next generation of innovation nonprofits. 

Now, I have to prepare a really good presentation/website/video and also set some legal stuff.
Some things to do during this month that now we officially started school again, is to tie up my Google Analytics repeat learning and Photoshop learning. Instead start learning more about After Effects and this course by Copenhagen Business School in Social Entrepreneurship.

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The rise of digital education

PROCESS, Startups, TRENDS

Lifelong learning has moved from a buzzword to reality, yet colleges still think of higher education as something that happens at one time in a person’s life, in one place.
For colleges to prove the lifetime value of their expensive style of education in a world of increasing options, they need to start extending different styles of learning, to different segments of students, beyond commencement day.

Several different options have risen as an alternative to the traditional colleges and universities. Self-learned has never rang so true as now.
The options are digital platforms that are accessible and easy to use when you have the time, you can decide exactly what you want to learn and stop it anytime you want without getting a hefty student loan as a memory.

It’s a good step from the “one school fits all” formula but does require discipline and a change of perspective to realise that lifelong learning is the official way to learn and prosper in a world that will crave you to acquire new skills on a reoccurring basis.

BUT

Would it not be wonderful if the public schools became a place where you start off and learn lifelong soft skills, among them sexuality and intimacy and expressing feelings, and all the hard skills where learned only when needed, like stated in “To Reach the New Market for Education, Colleges Have Some Learning to Do, in just-in-time education.
I think I could go for trying that new form of educating.

Until then, here are some examples of the platforms:

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Lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. New courses and topics are added every week at no extra cost. We carefully select the world’s top experts who are the best in their field, passionate about their subject matter, and know how to teach.  – Around 4 million students, yep.

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Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.  – Around 7 million students, yep.

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Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.
Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
Around 10 million students, yep.

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At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.

Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at nine campuses across four continents. – Startup with around 100 000 students and counting.

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Skillshare is an online learning community to master real-world skills through
project-based classes. Our mission is simple: provide universal access to high-quality learning. – Startup with around 45 000 students and counting.

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Today, 3 million students in 190+ countries are taking online courses on Udemy. They’re learning Programming, Yoga, Design, Photography, Spanish, Marketing, Guitar, Finance, Cake Decorating, and so much more.

More than 16,000 courses (in 10 different languages!) have been published in our marketplace. Each course is designed & taught by an expert instructor and hundreds of new courses are published every month.

More:
http://www.codecademy.com/
http://www.saylor.org/
http://sxswedu.com/

 

Digital Kids

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Why the digital way? Why create an educational platform that is digital?
Except my own experience from the time studying a distance studies or online courses such as Coursera, also my own habit of googling up stuff I need to learn.
I just believed and observe that the same habits are shown by the kids I see around me and on daily basis of commute.
But I did not know for sure until I read the interesting study by .SE.
It’s a study of Swedes and their internet habits year 2013.

Interesting parts that caught my eye:

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In Sweden by the age of 2, a stunning 45 % have already used internet.
Often because parents let them use their tablets or smartphones as entertainment.
By the age of 11, 90 % are daily users of the internet and this trend is not only specific for Sweden but is also a global trend, showing that this is one of Internet biggest growing  area of users.

Specifics for each age:
2-6 yearsUsage is dominated by video/puzzles/games.
7-11 yearsStart to search around internet and check out the social networks.
12-15 yearsThis is where the internet becomes important even for school work.

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About 7 out of 10, start checking internet for facts and information that is related to school at age 12-15. It rises with the older kids and at age 16-19 years, 9 out of 10 do the same fact researching and learning. Even in schools the internet usage has doubled since year 2009. 

So the habits of  the young is to learn in a digital way and first interaction they have is very visual and interactive. Going back to analog is wonderful in it’s way of learning patience but when it comes to such a broad subject as sex and coexistence, it is hard to capture it all in analog way ( I’m not even going into the quality. YET.).
Also they are already going and searching for terms they want to learn anyway and for many the first visual interaction becomes porn.

So why try to prohibit this way of learning and install all these parental systems on the computer, tablet or even phone? Why not rather provide a guidance in a way that is appropriate for a young digital kids habits?