50 seminars, 160 speakers, 1,200 attendees.
The 30hands Learning team recently attended LearnLaunch’s fifth annual Across Boundaries conference at the Hynes Convention Center. Run over two days, the conference is a meeting point for EdTech startups, global companies, educators, students, and lovers of innovative learning.
Our team was proud to be one of about 30 exciting pioneers exhibiting a product, with our 30hands Storyteller web app and app for iOS proving big hits across the spectrum. The conference allowed us to demonstrate our product and share the benefits of digital storytelling obtained from user feedback and from our own experience as educators.
But in addition to networking, promoting our product and meeting like-minded people in general, LearnLaunch provided a magnificent opportunity to sit and listen to some fascinating lectures and partake in thought-provoking discussions.
On day one, our CEO Eric Braun listened to Tom Vander Ark deliver his opening keynote speech called ‘State of the EdTech Marketplace’. In it, Tom explored changes in education that could come in the next decade. He asked what needs to happen in the next two years for these predictions to come true, and what edtech investors can do to support the marketplace in the coming years.
Eric expressed his thoughts after the keynote, saying: “One of the major takeaways from Tom’s keynote and the overall conference is that this is the year where personalized learning may take off.
“30hands Storyteller is nicely positioned as an effective tool for students to easily create videos as formative assessment of their personalized learning and for teachers to create learning videos to help students follow a learning path at their own pace.”
The changing face of education was a common theme throughout the conference. Our Instructional Designer and Project Manager, Moia Rowsome, had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion on ‘adaptive learning’.
It was moderated by Dr David Dockterman who is a Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education and also the Chief Architect of Learning Sciences at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It also featured Bob McCabe, Vice President for Education and Outreach, Lexia Learning and Rosetta Stone; Tim Hudson, VP of Learning, Dreambox; and Al Essa, VP of Research and Data Science, McGrawHill Education.
Of the discussion, Moia said: “It was fascinating to hear experts talk about the possibilities of adaptive learning, and although it’s a concept that is still being developed, the potential to be able to reach each learner is what makes it so appealing.”
For me, one of the Storytellers at 30hands Learning, a highlight was a panel discussion called ‘Social Emotional and Mindset Meets Technology’. Ami Shah, CEO of Peekapak, a company which promotes social-emotional learning in the classroom and at home, discussed the impact of story-based learning on emotional development. In her presentation, she produced a remarkable stat:
Children who score high on social skills are four times more likely to graduate from college.
This is backed by research from Pennsylvania State and Duke University.
Storytelling is one of my biggest passions and to see the impact it has on students young and old, was inspiring. All in all, it was an exciting two days for the 30hands Learning team with old connections renewed and new ones created.
Kudos to the LearnLaunch team on another successful conference! We’re already looking forward to #LearnLaunch2018.
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