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“Learning Engineers”, and the opportunity in education

Let’s talk education – at a recent panel discussion hosted by GeekWire, the focus was on the need to recognize the pandemic and remote learning as an impetus for change in education and schools, and not simply a pause.

The term “learning engineers” was offered by Jessie Woolley-Wilson, the CEO of DreamBox learning, who continued “The new teacher has a different relationship, not only with the student but with technology, with data and with home-based learning guardians that they partner with,” she said. “We saw this come into full force when everybody had to go to forced online learning.”

Quoting Geek Wire:  

All agreed that access to technology is one of the first things that needs to change and that low-income students and families — disproportionately black and brown — are being left behind. Woolley-Wilson said that access to broadband internet “should be a civil right” and that the service should be considered a utility in the United States.

Why do we care?

There’s two reasons we care about this piece.

I’m a bit skeptical of “learning engineers”… and simultaneously agree with the entire statement.     This is true of most business functions right now – IE, digital transformation – and everything described here is where the services opportunity is.

The second reason we also care is about a hard discussion about broadband access – I’m also pro utility, and would offer that most solution providers should be too.  Just as electricity and water make so much more possible, we would open up markets, sectors, and communities to more opportunity –and more services to consume from technology providers – if this was the case.     You’d have more potential customers if broadband was available to everyone.  

Source: GeekWire