Video: Market Brief Probes Tech Titans, China, and Open Resources at ASU/GSV

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Ed Week Market Brief at ASU/GSV

Here are three videos of sessions EdWeek Market Brief moderated at ASU/GSV: on open educational resources; the Chinese education market, and the role of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft in U.S. schools.

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This year’s ASU/GSV education summit as usual drew a huge crowd of companies, investors, and entrepreneurs lured by the promise of dealmaking and picking up insights about the school-business landscape. The editorial staff of EdWeek Market Brief had a big presence at the event, not just through our reporting, but also through our participation in a series of discussions on pressing issues affecting schools and the companies working in schools.

Thanks to the organizers of the conference, all of those discussions we took part in can now be viewed online in their entirety. We’ve collected the videos in this post.

In the first session, “How Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft Are Reshaping the K-12 Marketplace,” we explored the work of these giant companies in the school arena and unveiled the results of an original EdWeek Market Brief research study examining their roles and reputations.

EdWeek Market Brief conducted a nationally representative survey of administrators and educators, collecting their opinions of the companies’ K-12 products. In the session, the director of the Education Week Research Center, Holly Yettick, broke down the results, and EdWeek Market Brief Executive Editor Kevin Bushweller moderated a discussion with Holly and a pair of district chief technology officers:

Also at the ASU/GSV event, I moderated a session called “Riding the China Wave: Understanding Trends and Opportunities in Chinese Education.”

Investors and education companies around the world are keen on breaking into China’s education market but aren’t sure how. I was joined by three panelists who talked about the opportunities and risks for providers looking to do business in China: Bill Boyu Ning, a partner with Blue Elephant Capital; John Ying Wu, the head of investments with the TAL Education Group; and Yi Wang, the co-founder and CEO of Liulishuo.

In the third session, I moderated a panel on a hot topic in K-12: the rising interest in open educational resources and the implications for schools. It was a fun session and the contributors had an eclectic set of perspectives.

The panelists included David Wiley, the founder and chief academic officer at Lumen Learning and one of the nation’s best-known advocates for OER; and Jay Diskey, the executive director of the Association of American Publishers’ Pre-K-12 Learning Group, an organization whose members have been trying to adjust to, and in some cases actively participate in the “open” market.

They were joined by Joleigh Honey, the STEM coordinator and secondary mathematics specialist at the Utah State Board of Education, and Tracy Poulsen, a high school chemistry teacher in the Nebo School District in Utah. Both Honey and Poulsen have had a role in shaping the development of open materials in their state.

We’ll be back on the scene at ASU/GSV this year. Check back on EdWeek Market Brief for more of our coverage of the impact of industry titans on the K-12 school space, the growth of the school market in China, and the evolution of open materials.


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