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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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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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Is disruptive innovation driving K-12 privatization?

The Christensen Institute

Steel and RCA were toppled by upstarts like Nucor and Sony. Disruptive innovations always get their initial foothold by offering low-quality solutions either to people who lack access to mainstream options or for whom mainstream providers are uninterested in serving. By legislative mandate, all students have access to some form of public education, and schools are required by law to serve all students.

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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!

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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.”