China has big
plans, and they don’t include the United States.
wants to lead the world in innovative technology, and it’s already on track to
assume this position in supercomputing in 2020. China also
intends to take the lead in edtech. As a result, the Chinese have already
rolled out innovative initiatives such as national
e-learning programs and automated learning and grading in selected classrooms.
If the United
States – or any other country – wants to remain relevant in the edtech arena,
they will have to commit to dynamic change soon.
are excited about edtech. In fact, they’re so jazzed that last year’s GET
conference in Beijing was one of the largest ever, having doubled participation
from the year before. AS you might expect, there were many lessons to be learned from
Listen to your influencers
criticized for its excessive entertainment value, tech titan Tencent changed
its direction in response to a howling consumer base.
and government agencies complained so much about Tencent that the company lost $190 billion in market value. It wasn’t until the
company began taking care of communities and the people in them that it began
to recover its losses.
expect large corporation like Tencent to help people improve their lives.
Edtech companies that look out for the greater good are more likely to be
Expand your buyership
in business to help others, but their main goal is to make money. Without
money, they can’t help anyone. Edtech startups need money to build a product,
market it, and sell it to interested parties.
In 2018 more
than half the money form edtech venture capitalists went to Chinese
edtech companies. China took in more money than any other country, even when
combining investments worldwide. In addition, China is home to some of the
wealthiest edtech startups like the $3 billion tutoring company VIPKids, which teaches
English in an online format.
edtech market is ready to sell to interested buyers, and these companies
believe that a buyer is a buyer. They do not hesitate to sell to countries that
might not be considered friendly to the Chinese.
companies from anywhere in the world must be willing to do the same.
Focus on holistic education
Technological singularity won’t wipe out the
human race. We’ll do it to ourselves if we don’t place an emphasis on
developing emotionally intelligent students capable of creative problem-solving
and showing empathy.
and skills is only part of getting an education. Children need instruction in
more than core subject; they need to learn the communication and collaboration
skills necessary for working globally. Schools must teach the whole child,
developing social and behavioral skills and inspiring creativity through
technical programs like STEAM instruction.
aggressively pursue learning, letting nothing get in the way of their education.
thirst for knowledge is driving the edtech market. Until we make education the
priority that it is China, we will continue to lag in edtech innovation.