In this episode with Tyler Cowen we talk about a broad range of topics. For example, why it's important that students have less homework, the Swiss science culture, and the low university completion rates.
Tyler is an economics professor at George Mason University, the director of the Mercatus Center, author of many economics books and runs the blog Marginal Revolution.
In this episode, we talk about Virtual Reality's impact on the future of education. We discuss different modes of learning, such as blended learning and how VR can add tremendous value there. Futhermore, we look at non-science examplse where VR can be beneficial, such as history or arts.
Phil is an EdTech entrepreneur and is building Curie, a digital space for teachers and students to come together and learn. Interestingly, Curie runs not only in VR, but also has also web/desktop version. For example, while the teacher is explaining physics topics in VR, students might join via their desktop browser and still benefit from the lecture.
In this conversation with Jan Rihak, we talk about engagement in the classroom and how technlogy can help teachers supercharge their relationship with their students. Also, we discuss why bottom-up sales strategies in EdTech make life easier for entrepreneurs and startups.
Jan is co-founder and CEO Europe of Classtime, a solution for classrooms that complements in-class teaching with immediate feedback on students’ level of understanding based in Los Angeles and Zurich.
I met with Esteban Sosnik of Reach Capital in his San Francisco office. We talked about his background in making games and why it is exteremly difficult to make successful educational games. Also, we touched on the future of the educational technology market and why Esteban believes that it will become more attractive for entrepreneurs and investors alike.
Esteban is a partner at Reach Capital a VC firm that invests in EdTech companies such as ClassDojo, Nearpod and Replit.
I talked to Manish and Ketan Kothari of Edmodo in San Mateo, California about taking their first EdTech company AlphaSmart public, about the importance of teachers, and about the question if technology makes people more or less creative.
Manish and Ketan are General Managers at Edmodo, a communication and collaboration platform for K-12 teachers and students with over 100 million users.
In this episode, I met with Nicolas Egger from Poinz in beautiful Zurich, Switzerland. Among other topics, we talked about vocational education, alternative schools (such as Montessori schools) and the importance of long-term thinking.
Nici is the COO of Poinz, a loyalty and marketing software used by thousands of retail businesses in Switzerland.
I sat down with David from Peergrade to discuss the importance of collaboration in education. Our conversation ranged from bad timings at Y Combinator, comparing the evolution of communication to speech recognition technology, the silliness of telepresence robots, and why education hasn't changed muched in over 1,000 years. Also, I convince David to get an Oculus Go for his birthday.
David is the co-founder and CEO of Peergrade, a peer feedback platform used by thousands of schools, universities and businesses.