Learning from the Education Entrepreneurs

Mark Griffiths

The best ideas are not always found within one organisation. At the Queen Rania Foundation it is important for us to stay connected to the opportunities, insights and emerging technologies that we will shape the future of learning. After all, many of the most impactful innovations are more about adapting, combining and borrowing than new-to-the-world discoveries.

In this spirit, earlier this year we visited the EDUCATE program, run by University College London’s Institute of Education at the heart of beautiful Bloomsbury in London. The EDUCATE programme supports collaborations between entrepreneurs, education researchers and learning innovators. All with the aim of delivering a new generation of world-class EdTech.

There is much to learn from. For example, about the process of innovating in education, about the particular support needs of EdTech innovators and about the challenges and opportunities of socially driven entrepreneurship.

We hope you enjoy watching (and learning).

In this video, Carla Aerts and Dr. Alison Clark Wilson introduce EDUCATE and provide some tips for aspiring entrepreneurs. For example, on the value of having a research mindset and of the potential of well-designed EdTech to support deeper learning through collaboration, problem solving and a dynamic engagement with the topic being studied.

 

In these two videos, we learn from  successful entrepreneurs about where their great ideas came from.

Mursal Hedayat is the founder of Chatterbox, an online community which connects refugees who are teachers with language learners. It is an approach she developed to address a problem she already understood well.

Emma Rodgers has harnessed the excitement children have for technology to co-found Little Bridge - a social network for children around the world that allows them to communicate in English, and so enhances their motivation to learn to read and write well.

 

Daniel Bell is the COO of Debate Mate Online. He has built on an existing off-line program that nurtures the skills of making a case, listening attentively and arguing persuasively. The end result is an  an online platform that provides access to the resources, training and activities needed for others to replicate the Debate Mate experience.


Finally, we hear from Germán Bencii who runs Code Your Future, a free programme that combines online and in-person learning to help refugees become software developers - while also maintaining their everyday lives.

 

Bringing together all the education innovators, this video presents the inspiring pieces of advice they each had to offer. For example, they stress the importance of starting with an idea that you are passionate about, about the importance of ‘just getting going’ and about breaking through the anxiety of not (yet) having all the  insights or resources you need. 

The innovators job is to seek feedback from wherever it comes, to problem solve and to build-up your entrepreneurial muscle.

In this way impact comes ...