This week on TechCrunch, Khush CEO Prerna Gupta joined us in scratching our heads over the questions: Why has education fallen so behind other industries in technology adoption? Why is higher education overvalued?
Prerna first points out that the burden of education has been shifted to higher ed because elementary and secondary ed have been falling short. The public sector has struggled to innovate, which is why we’re seeing increased use of private-sector tools and adoption from the bottom up in education.
“I recently had a chance to chat with Dave about why he’s so bullish on the space, and he said, simply, it’s because education is ‘incredibly backwards, and has huge potential for change,'” says Gupta. “He cited a disruptive trend of teachers integrating technology from everyday life into their classrooms voluntarily, rather than technology integration being mandated top-down by administrators.”
Khush has launched apps like Songify, which turns millions of worldwide users’ speech into songs. “Edutainment” apps like Songify are quickly making their way into teachers’ blogs, classrooms, and lessons. According to Gupta, teachers are using the app to engage students in memorizing steps in a process, understanding homonyms, learning historical events, and more.
Gupta looks at the ways blended learning programs with iPads, eReaders, apps, and more are advancing student achievement and performance across a wide variety of subject areas. “We are in a time of convergence: teachers are incorporating technology from their everyday lives to increase student engagement, while visionary administrators are using the momentum of grassroots digital learning movements to move our institutions forward,” she concludes. “Hopefully education will catch up before the Singularity arrives.”
Read the full article “Can Technology Transform Education Before It’s Too Late?” by Prerna Gupta on TechCrunch.