Educational Technology’s Internet Moment

April 21, 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek published an article entitled, “Educational Tech Gets a Second Look.”    They reported that “Silicon Valley put $177 million in educational technology companies last year”, which as it turns out was “triple the amount they invested in 2007.”   One of the more interesting quotes ran as follows:

“Education is having its Internet moment,” says Rob Stavis of Bessemer Venture Partners, a prominent venture fund.

The fact that so much money is moving in the direction of education is encouraging, but it raises important questions.  Do these investors, entrepreneurs, and engineers have the necessary classroom connection to help rather than hinder learning?  Will their products interfere or be easily integrated?  Can ventures, whose fundamental purpose is the selling of products, make learning a core value?

These and questions like them must be effectively answered for the millions being invested to teach, and not merely make money.

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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