Your Role in Building Education—and Ours

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Your Role in Building Education—and Ours

By Betsy Corcoran (Columnist)     Jan 23, 2017

Your Role in Building Education—and Ours

How do we—as parents, educators and citizens—want to educate our children? All our children?

Six years ago, we started EdSurge as a single newsletter. Since then, we’ve expanded in big ways. As we chronicle emerging technology and changes in education, we’ve brought together educators and those who build tools for schools. Last year, we started to share back by providing educators with ready-to-use insights about choosing edtech tools. We’ve also expanded into higher education with our Digital Learning Network - a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders developing new ways to define, plan and implement digital learning initiatives at their institutions.

Now we’re taking a big step and committing ourselves to one goal: Helping schools figure out what technologies can best help all of their students grow into people who can smartly navigate our complex, networked world.

We’re doing this because we believe that all students can learn to create rich, fulfilling lives. At the same time, we know there’s never enough money or time to give every learner an individual, brilliant navigator.

In every other part of our world, we’ve used technology to help people do more. And we believe that technology can help our teachers and our students create a bright future.

But not every technology works for every school, class or lecture hall. Some don’t work at all. For educators who are juggling a hundred demands, finding the right tools for their school—their unique group of educators, students and yes, families—is crucial.

EdSurge created a Concierge service to work directly with school leaders to help them cut through the hype and make wise choices. We’ve worked with more than 100 schools, helping them discover then narrow down the options most promising for them. They remain in charge; we’re an advisor with the sole goal of helping their schools succeed.

Making decisions around technology programs is complex and involves much more than pressing a “buy” button. Schools and higher ed institutions are evolving new models for learning while balancing traditional practices with emerging ones.

We start each day at EdSurge dedicated to covering those choices. We write and share stories that describe what educators are learning about using technology. We bring together the builders and users of tools and services to learn from one another.

Journalism—asking questions, sharing stories—remains at our core. If you want to read the news, all our articles are here. For higher ed readers, our latest news and insights are here. But our work has now grown to helping educators take action. You'll see this in everything we do, starting with our new homepage. It’s why we’ve created Concierge and launched the Digital Learning Network. And it’s why we’re continuing to evolve our Summits and events.

We all have roles in creating the future for our children. And at EdSurge, we’re fired up about how we can move forward together.

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