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2021 EdTech Trends Survey Report from CoSN

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) just released its 2021 EdTech Trends Survey Report, highlighting that the majority of school district technology leaders reported IT budgets larger than last year, with curriculum software/subscriptions and cybersecurity receiving the most funding. The report is based on 170 survey responses from CoSN members who are preparing for the […]

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The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) just released its 2021 EdTech Trends Survey Report, highlighting that the majority of school district technology leaders reported IT budgets larger than last year, with curriculum software/subscriptions and cybersecurity receiving the most funding. The report is based on 170 survey responses from CoSN members who are preparing for the 2021-22 school year. According to the report, almost three-quarters of respondents expect that on-site classrooms will return to a pre-pandemic normal in the fall. Most school districts have experienced increased IT investments, and cybersecurity and at-home connectivity are the top priorities among edtech leaders for this school year.

Key findings in CoSN’s 2021 EdTech Trends Survey Report include:

56 percent of respondents reported an increase in their overall district IT budget; 12 percent characterized the increase as “major.”

A majority of participants reported IT budget increases in two areas: curriculum software/subscriptions (62 percent) and cybersecurity (56 percent).

Respondents ranked cybersecurity as their top unmet technology need, with home access connectivity and interoperability ranking number two and three, respectively.

Almost three-quarters of participants (73 percent) are planning to request support from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund for Wi-Fi hotspots.

71 percent of respondents anticipate on-site classrooms to return to a pre-pandemic normal for the 2021-22 school year, a stark contrast from last year’s survey results, in which only 7 percent of respondents expected this return.

To meet remote teaching and learning needs, 64 percent of respondents added technology to their classrooms, such as rotating cameras, classroom microphones and speakers, to increase the quality of remote learning in a simultaneous hybrid learning environment; 60 percent now provide a remote-only instruction option; and almost half expanded their cybersecurity initiatives.

The overwhelming majority (90 percent) of respondents said that the federal economic stimulus funding (CARES, CRRSA and ARP) was important to support remote learning or related IT initiatives in their districts during the pandemic.

“There is a marked shift in how school district IT leaders are preparing for this fall, compared to the back-to-school survey results from last year,” says Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “While the federal government delivered critical funding when school districts needed it most,” he adds, “we must now invest in cybersecurity and ensure sustainable, secure and equitable home broadband access for students and educators into the future.”

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Source: https://www.edtechdigest.com/2021/08/05/2021-edtech-trends-survey-report-from-cosn/

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Forward Thinking Expert Vishakha Singh Uses Edtech to Launch Habits led Leadership Course ‘SHIFT’

/PRNewswire/ — Using edtech as a delivery platform, forward thinking expert Vishakha Singh has announced the launch of a leadership course SHIFT that stands…

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MUMBAI, India, Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Using edtech as a delivery platform, forward thinking expert Vishakha Singh has announced the launch of a leadership course SHIFT that stands for Simple Habits and Ideas for Forward Thinking. With competencies in design thinking and business strategy and with more than twenty years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Vishakha is a thought leader in forward thinking skills. The course, SHIFT, is a three weeks long online-offline program which enables leaders and professionals of today’s world to adopt a forward thinking mindset to direct themselves and their teams towards the path of growth trajectory in a fast-changing business environment. The next cohort of the course is to begin on November 19th, 2021 which will comprise of business leaders and entrepreneurs from both listed and privately run ventures. C-Suite leaders from prominent organisations such as Infosys, Asian Paints, SBI Mutual Fund, SBI Caps, General Mills amongst others were a part of the previous batch.

SHIFT is a set of 15 habits and ideas that inculcates forward thinking skills for its users. Utilising edtech as a medium, Vishakha inculcates habits as behavioural interventions to nurture growth mindset in the course takers. SHIFT, an online-offline integrated course experience, enables users to develop a creative and critical thinking mindset, thereby empowering them to become better and confident decision makers. These habits and ideas are based on mental models and are designed to steer a mindset in the direction of growth and success. The course comprises four modules which includes habits like ‘Empathy Mapping’, ‘Listening Together’ and ideas like ‘No Marginal Thinking’, ‘Inversion Thinking’ and ‘Boyd’s OODA model’ amongst others which help the course takers to become an engaged leader while honing the innovative side of their mind. This entire course, through the habits and ideas nurtures skills of a confident, reflective, empathetic and innovative leader.

Commenting on the launch of the course, Vishakha Singh, the author of SHIFT stated, “The speed of disruption in the work environment is faster than the speed of change adopted by today’s leaders. Disruption comes from many directions- growth of technology, new laws, pandemic etc.. It is imperative for leaders to adopt a forward thinking mindset that is agile and innovative in dealing with the pace of the work environment. Thinking is a skill that can be acquired. SHIFT is a set of mental models that brings ideas to action through everyday work habits. It hones thinking skills for leaders to steer themselves, their teams and their work to paths of success.”

Appreciating how the course has helped, Mr. Shashank Kolekar who works with Infosys, stated, “SHIFT is an extremely effective course that has impacted my way of working. Under the guidance of Vishakha and her course, one can seamlessly develop the habits of effective critical thinking. Besides, it also helps one to make better decisions, better habits lead to efficient work productivity. I came across this course after reading an article written by Vishakha.”

One of the former course takers, Devangee Ganatra of India Food Network stated, “Our lives can arguably be defined as a sum of our habits. The ability to step back, identify, analyze and improvise is what needed structure in my life. This course has been significant in helping identify good habits and how to start breaking the bad ones. Experiencing the subtle shifts in mindset are much more remarkable than sudden big changes.”

Working methodologies are changing at a drastic pace in the fast-paced corporate world. The need of the hour for leaders and professionals is to develop the habit of becoming a critical thinker to be able to ratiocinate and become an independent thinker to lead the organization towards growth and success. Behavioral interventions taught through SHIFT fosters practicing strategic and critical thinking habits and ideas which is an essential practice to stay ahead of the curve.

About SHIFT

Shift is a curated set of ideas and habits that inculcates Forward Thinking. SHIFT – Simple Habits and Ideas for Forward Thinking is a three weeks online-offline integrated program that helps professionals and leaders develop a forward thinking mindset to steer themselves and their teams to success in the fast – changing business environment.

The course curriculum is covered over four modules. The online delivery consists of videos, reading material and assessments hosted on Canvas, the world class learning management system. The program experience includes live interactions with Vishakha Singh during the tenure of the course, a set of notecards for the workstation and an email trail for 15 weeks focusing on one habit every week after the online course completion. SHIFT is an integrated experience to help the course taker adopt these habits efficiently.

SHIFT’s learners are leaders from different backgrounds; the corporate and entrepreneurial world. It is aimed at Business heads, Marketing and Sales heads, CEO’s and MD’s, decision makers, SME owners and New-age Startups. Their current eminent list of clients includes employees from Infosys, Asian Paints, General Mills amongst many others from the corporate world and Chartered Accountants, health industry entrepreneurs from the SME world.

https://habitsforthinking.in/

About Vishakha Singh

Vishakha Singh, a thought leader in the forward thinking space has authored the course “SHIFT” – Simple Habits and Ideas for Forward Thinking. Her knowledge in design thinking, relentless curiosity and twenty years of working in the entrepreneurial and corporate world has honed her expertise in disruptive thinking and innovation. She imparts this knowledge through the forward thinking course SHIFT. As a critical thinker, she affirms that forward thinking includes critical and creative thinking and confident decision-making is a learnable skill that steers leaders, their teams and companies towards success. With the vision of Intellectual Indians in the workforce and driven by the force of sharing knowledge, she has brought together habits and ideas in the course SHIFT that shape up the leaders’ mindsets to lead successfully in the fast changing, uncertain business environment. A design thinking practitioner and an ingenuous business strategist, Vishakha uses mental models delivered through engaging workshops and told through stories in her newsletters to bring ideas into action.

Vishakha has studied Design Thinking from MIT School of Engineering. She has served on the board of the International Advertising Association- India Chapter from 2013 to 2015. She has been awarded the ‘Top Brand Builders’, Women Leader Award, featured on ‘Top Women to Watch’ in the E-commerce space by Images Retail Forum and has earned several other media recognitions. She also featured in Campaign India’s List and has been on the jury of various awards.

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Appreciating how the course has helped, Mr. Shashank Kolekar who works with Infosys, stated, “SHIFT is an extremely effective course that has impacted my way of working. Under the guidance of Vishakha and her course, one can seamlessly develop the habits of effective critical thinking. Besides, it also helps one to make better decisions, better habits lead to efficient work productivity. I came across this course after reading an article written by Vishakha.”

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/forward-thinking-expert-vishakha-singh-uses-edtech-to-launch-habits-led-leadership-course-shift–893831669.html

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ConveGenius AI, India’s Leading EdTech Startup Raises $5M USD (Pre Series A) for Mass Market Direct-to-Consumer Expansion to Serve 100M Households

ConveGenius has raised $5M USD in Venture Capital funding to grow its conversational AI platform in India and South-East Asian markets.

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LONDON, SAN FRANCISCO, and SINGAPORE, Oct. 19, 2021 /CNW/ — ConveGenius has raised $5M USD in Venture Capital funding to grow its conversational AI platform in India and South-East Asian markets.

The company first launched its conversational AI platform in 2020 with a focus on providing a tailor-fit EdTech solution that offers an adaptive Whatsapp-based learning system for K-12 students from lower tier cities, who has been deeply affected by school closures amidst the COVID pandemic. Within a year of launch, Its EdTech solution has blitzscaled to 14 million monthly active users with 35 million daily conversations, catering to 10 different languages and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

With this round of funding, Convegenius.AI aims to expand its products on Whatsapp ecosystem and other Conversational AI based channels beyond EdTech, to service more customers across different verticals and allow developers to launch their solutions on the platform. ConveGenius AI will also continue to strengthen its AI / ML capabilities and is currently in advanced talks with multiple businesses to deliver sector-focused solutions to over 500 million users currently active on different chat platforms.

This funding round was led by new investors, BAce Capital, Heritas Capital and 3Lines Venture Capital as well as existing investor, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Quotes by Stakeholders:

  • “As schools were closed over prolonged periods during the pandemic, we believe that ConveGenius is well placed to tackle the learning crisis and gaps that have severely impacted students across India and in other emerging markets in the region. We are pleased to support ConveGenius in their mission to further scale their impactful solutions, providing greater access to affordable quality education for all,” said Ms. Janet Chia, Head of Venture Capital at Heritas Capital.

  • “ConveGenius has focused on the broad and hitherto unserved market of 235M students who belong to the first-generation mobile internet users with households using smartphones and mobile devices for the first time. Its focus on mass market users and democratisation of personalised content distribution by building conversational user experiences for mobile devices has created a niche segment for innovation and value creation,” said Pallab Chatterjee, Chairman 3 Lines VC Rocket Fund.

  • “The Dell Foundation first invested in the company in 2016 and we believe this is the right time to take the product to millions of children by launching the direct-to-consumer (D2C) version,” says Prachi Windlass (Director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation).

  • “We are excited to execute on our mission to take our value proposition to one billion users globally and make knowledge and content accessible for all in a one-click experience,” said Jairaj Bhattacharya, the CEO of ConveGenius.

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Frontlines Media- The Ed-Tech Company Fetching Jobs To Thousands Of Graduates – News About School

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New Delhi, Oct 14: Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of education beyond classroom engagement tools. The use of ed-tech extends far beyond reading books and has become increasingly important for education. Though technology can never replace great teachers, the right teacher can transform the next generation with incredible results through technology. Amidst all these advances and innovations, Frontlines media, a social media active page, is doing wonders in fetching jobs to thousands of young graduates.

The Founder’s inspiring story –

The idea of commencing such an intriguing and valuable project first came into the mind of Krishna, who is an electronic engineer by profession. Krishna left his job in Australia and came back to India to start his own company, an ed-tech business proving to be a successful venture. The company has fetched 400+ placements opportunities in the last eight months.

In one of his talks with the media, he has made a point to mention his friend Upendra, who stood beside him when needed and is also one of the central pillars of Frontlines Edu-tech. Upendra has seven years of great experience in the IT industry that has helped the company to understand the demand of the technological world.

The two friends studied the current scenario of the rural students of India who remain jobless after the completion of their graduation. Due to the high population and less technical skills, rural youths find it very difficult to get a job. On the flip side, the companies in India are looking for graduates with good technical skills. That is how the idea of Frontlines media came into existence. The two friends came up together to build a platform that provides varieties of opportunities to learn about technology and helps to increase employment opportunities.

Krishna says, “All the acknowledgement we are receiving now couldn’t have been possible without our students who trusted us with their career and are successfully securing jobs.”

Opportunities –

The company offers free career guidance sessions with industry experts, train students with the best quality trainers at an affordable price and help them in fetching jobs. Additionally, it provides various job notification and acknowledges students about emerging trending and cutting edge technologies. The mentors in Frontlines Edu Tech are well trained and qualified from IITs, IIMs, Top MNCs, DRDO, and other premier organizations. In addition to the above description, the company offers opportunities such as basic aptitude and reasoning to all fundamental programming languages in addition to some cutting edge technologies like cyber security, blockchain, etc.

The ed-tech company has trained around 1200+ students, Fetched 750+ jobs, and mentored around 4000+ students. The majority of these students come from rural areas.

Krishna, the head of Frontlines media, has dedicated the company’s success to the efficient core team members- Gouthami, Ranjith, Harish, Nanda Kishore, Shiva, Vishnu, and Vamshi.

The description of the core team members are as follows-

Krishna – the CEO of Frontlines media, left his job and returned to India from Australia to start his dream company. He is a qualified electronics engineer.

Upendra – the Co-founder of the company, having seven years of experience in the IT industry.

Gouthami – One who gave the idea of starting an Edu-Tech company and the support team member who always drives frontlines ed-tech with innovative ideas.

Ranjith – Having grown up in a rural area, he now helps other students crack interviews and shape their careers.

Harish & Raghava – The members of the support team who lead the student grievance cell.

Swathi – Works in the administration department.

Sai Kumar – Works as a cyber security expert.

The mentor team consists of Nanda Kishore, Shiva, Vishnu, Vamshi, and Sai Kiran.

Ed-tech- the fastest growing industry –

Over the past few years, ed-tech sectors have experienced rapid growth, and the pandemic has accelerated their growth. Surprisingly, in India, the ed-tech industry is the top priority in the list of fundings just after the services provided by the financial institutions. Frontlines media started with only three students in a batch and currently running with 250+ students every month. The success and growth achieved by the company have gained the attention of many youths in the country. In the coming years, it is expected to reach extreme heights and show positive growth. They are looking forward to mentor more students towards a successful career by providing them with the best of their ability.

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