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From radios to electric vehicles, targeting “nonconsumers” pays off

The Christensen Institute

Too often, companies focus on grabbing market share away from competitors, rather than searching for untapped demand. Nonconsumers are a fertile market for Disruptive Innovations to take root, as Sony proved in the 1950s, and low-speed electric vehicle (LSEV) makers are showing today.

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In emerging markets, integrate integrate integrate

The Christensen Institute

Why would the head of a food company know more about generating electricity than food production? That’s one of the questions I asked in my first meeting with Deepak Singhal, CEO of Tolaram Africa, after he told me that he knew more about electricity generation than food.

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Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them

The Hechinger Report

With a huge shortage of college graduates in data and computer science, tech companies are taking matters into their own hands and providing education directly to prospective tech workers. It usually manages to fill just two or three of those positions, Soni said. Soni is more blunt. “We’ve

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The next decade of disruption in education? Unlocking networks

The Christensen Institute

At its simplest, Disruptive Innovation theory describes how organizations harness technology to make a product or service more accessible to more people. These innovations are offering connections in circumstances where students’ lack access to relationships.

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IPEVO VZ-R HDMI/USB Dual Mode 8MP Document Camera

Kathy Schrock

IPEVO offers two free software programs to support this: Visualizer and Visualizer LTSE (accessibility software to use with the document camera). This document camera includes easy-to-access adjustment buttons to use in any mode, too!

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Edtech Bootstrapping 101: A Survival Story

Edsurge

On the other hand, there is a paucity of coverage about edtech companies that grow their businesses with little or no venture capital or outside investment. Bootstrapped companies rarely have “unicorn” potential and most aren’t nearly as sexy as their venture-backed counterparts.

How to Use Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

This is not quite as engaging, but still a useful tool if you do not have access to a class set of devices and headsets. Sony’s PlayStation VR is not to be used by children under the age of 12. This could be a fun experiment during a department meeting!

WHAT’S NEW

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BENCHMARK EDUCATION COMPANY ADVANCEALL ( benchmarkeducation.com ) Benchmark Education Company (BEC) released Advance ALL, a new series motivating students to read with literary and informational reading text sets.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Via Recode : “ Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting about gender controversy due to employee worries of online harassment.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Sony wants to digitize education records using the blockchain.”

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

Students at these schools will not immediately lose access to financial aid – that’s one of the implications of an institution’s loss of accreditation – but many students are rightly concerned about their ability to finish their degrees. It should perhaps make us question what’s going on with all those Silicon Valley companies who are actively peddling their alternative credentials as a substitute for a college degree.