How Social Media is Changing Your Child’s Future – Part 1 on Changes in TechEDU

I just attended SXSW, the nation’s #1 social media conference, where I led the Education2.0 panel on student success. I heard from venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, educators and professors about changes in education as a result of technology and steps parents and educators can take to help ensure students are career ready.

“Parents are confused,” says Gary Natriello, Professor & Founder of the EdLab at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. “The new innovation and services around education is exciting but it’s also confusing. And, students are really expecting their parents to drive these decisions but we’re now in an area that is new to many parents.”

Dissatisfaction is one reason home schooling has grown to some 1 million children nationwide, he says.

I know many of you are concerned about your child moving onto college and into the working world. But there are thing you need to know now to make sure your investment – in time and money -- pays off. The Changing Education Landscape First, you should know there are three primary areas of education undergoing a sea-change today. According to Phil Bronner of top educational venture capital firm Novak Biddle, they are:

1. What’s Taught – The content or material your child is learning used to be “trapped in schools,” says Bronner. But new initiatives like MITx run by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology are making content free and open to the public. Kim Garza, design professor at St. Edwards University, says she encourages a sort of crowd sourcing process, where students shoot photos of those around them to create new design images.

2. How it’s Taught – Education is moving from the old-fashioned classroom to online classes or videos taught by experts. In some cases, new schools will be smaller – a fraction of their previous size – and will require only limited live classes for discussion. Still others ventures,like 2Tor, says Bronner, partner with traditional universities to provide online degree programs but at a cost of $50,000 to $90,000, not necessarily a discount.

3. Who’s Teaching – Also known as ‘credentialing,” this centers on courses or mechanisms that provide or verify one’s credentials to ensure you’re the math or software expert you say you are. Ultimately, credentials matter to companies because they are hiring you based on, well, your credentials.

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