EdTech Companies You Need to Know

Education technology is a rapidly expanding market that many entrepreneurs have flocked to. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. We are putting iPads in classrooms and offering hybrid learning courses. Those things on their own don’t revolutionize education. With the help of some innovative companies, we are doing things we never thought possible. The list below highlights a few of the companies you should be in the know about.

Udemy

Udemy is an online marketplace for users to buy and sell classes. The classes are all tangible skills like app development, learning the office suite, and learning to program. The classes fall within a range of about $20 and up to $100. For those thinking about sharing their expertise, there’s serious money to be had. Some courses have enrolled over 230,000 individuals. That’s some serious cash.

Coursera

Coursera is similar to Udemy in the fact that it provides online classes. That’s just about the only similarity. Coursera’s classes are real college courses and they are totally free. Coursera helped design and offers certifications from the top schools in the nation. This type of platform us unparalleled. Free education at your fingertips – 24/7.

Voxy

Voxy is a customizable, english language learning tool. As a user, you are able to set specific goals and learn skills relevant to your individual needs. Voxy operates off of language acquisition science, but also integrates video conferences and other resources to enhance the user experience.

Kramer

Kramer offers a wireless system to facilitate real-time collaboration between different groups of students on any device. The platform is flexible enough that a single classroom can share on centralized monitor or break into smaller groups using multiple devices. Teacher’s particularly love it because of it’s flexibility and the integration of a central control panel. From it, the teacher can supervise, send different content to different groups, and participate in the lesson. The possibilities are endless!

Story2

Story2 is a comprehensive, online online college essay-writing tool. It’s the first of it’s kind and is helping students all over the country prepare. Story2 tries to take all the pressure out of the equation by providing an interactive writing tool. Story2 helps students step by step through the process of identifying and perfecting their personal story.

ExecOnline

ExecOnline came about due to partnerships with prestigious business schools. The online platform uses university curricula, puts it online, and makes continued professional development available to corporate employees. Corporations have flocked to use the service because it put the education tools in front of employees without shipping them out of the office for days at a time.

6 Qualities of Great Community Leaders

Community leaders who have the potential to make change require a certain set of skills in order to reach their communities’ objectives. A community leader’s job is a difficult one and without strong leadership qualities, it can make the job that much harder. The list below highlights a few of the more prominent skills needed to enact change, bring people together, and ultimately make changes for the greater good.

Self Awareness

Possessing the ability to know yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses, provides you with an understanding of how to lead yourself and others. Knowing yourself also helps you identify when you need to ask for help and where you can improve. Being self aware allows you to take on projects you know you can handle and provide consistent and powerful leadership.

Honesty & Integrity

Honesty and integrity play an enormous part in effective leadership. If you are not honest or operate with integrity, people are going to notice and no longer follow your lead. As a leader, you want to be an exemplary member of the team. Trust from the community you’re serving and the members of the community standing with you will gain traction for your initiatives.

Teamwork

Teamwork should go without saying, but it can be easy to get bogged down with delegating work and leading from above. Having the ability to step back and see when you are getting too bogged down in leadership “busy work” is vital. You will need to work alongside and in the trenches with those who are following you. Teamwork pride grows comradery and general morale.

Forward Thinker

Forward thinking is another key characteristic of an effective community for a few reasons. Thinking ahead is helpful to mitigate future issues and setbacks. Additionally, as a community leader you are not looking to make temporary changes. You need to think years ahead to continue to help the community for the long haul.

Interpersonal Skills

To be an effective leader you need to be an effective communicator. You will have to give direction and guidance to the people following your lead. Conversely, you will be called to communicate the needs and wants of a community to people that have the power to set funding or laws in motion. Interpersonal skills also show your strength in collaborating with other to achieve common goals.

Ability to Organize a Group

As a community leader, you are not going to be able to do everything yourself. You are going to have to organize a talented group of likeminded people together. Rallying the troops for change can be a daunting task, but possessing the skill to excite potential help will ultimately make you and the cause you are fighting for successful.

How to Fight Brain Drain

Now that the summer is upon us and students are not longer in our classes everyday, teacher’s come the new school year are facing their worst nightmare – brain drain. What’s brain drain you ask? It’s the phenomenon that occurs when students go the whole summer without honing their skills or keeping fresh when they aren’t in school. How can parents combat brain drain to ensure their kids are ready to go when the summer is over? Below are some tips and suggestions for keeping the hot summer heat from turning our students’ brains to mush:

Read

Students should be reading as much as possible in the summer. The beauty of summer vacation is that they don’t have to read what they are told to! Your children can explore and read anything they desire! Encourage and challenge your children to read books that excited them and push their reading level. Reading before bed can quickly become something your children look forward to with the right book.

Summer Camp/Programs

Enrolling your children in summer camps or summer programs will give them an opportunity to continue learning in a fun environment! Almost all summer camps have an educational component and curriculum to help your child continue to learn. Bonus: Camp is fun, so your kids won’t even feel like they are being “forced” to learn!

Start a Journal

Encourage your child to keep a journal. They can use their journal to log thoughts for the day, write poetry, or come up with new stories. There are really no boundaries to keeping a journal other than having fun and getting your ideas on paper! By consistently writing, your children will be keeping up their writing chops and will be prepared for the upcoming school year.

Take Educational Trips

Take a trip to the local library or museum. Both of these options require little money, but have a huge potential for learning opportunities. In a museum, your kids will get to interact and learn about art up close and personal. Museums expand the mind and spark creativity. Your children will thank you for a fun trip, especially on a rainy summer day!

Summer learning is an important part of your children’s development and prevents them from falling behind in the coming school year. By giving your children the opportunity to learn and keep their minds active during the summer, you will be giving them an advantage in school as well.