Last week, Tim Swanson presented on Learning Spaces to Catalyze Socioeconomic Growth at SXSWedu in Austin. In addition to presenting, meeting with thought leaders, and being part of the SXSWedu Learn by Design awards, Tim also took notes and helped Entrepreneur magazine recap the education innovation conference. His article went live today and can be viewed here: SXSWedu Shows 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Impact Education.
Tim focused his article on key trends related to technology, workforce development, job relevance and design. With each trend, Tim highlights opportunities entrepreneurs can seize to advance their business and enrich learning. Below is a brief excerpt:
On seamless job training
Education is just beginning to scratch the surface of how technologies like augmented reality and holographic’s can improve learning. For example, Microsoft recently launched HoloLens, the first self-contained, holographic computer enabling people to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. That’s fascinating and powerful, but educators need help understanding how to best leverage it.
Creating content and applications that turn the potential of tools like VR and holographic’s into results should be a major focus for entrepreneurs. It was inspiring to see LlamaZoo as part of the SXSWedu launch competition; it’s a tool that marries highly interactive 3D, augmented and virtual reality, and modern teaching techniques such as adaptive quizzing and spaced repetition to create more collaborative and useful student experiences. More tools like this can prove intensely valuable for education moving forward if and when entrepreneurs deliver them.