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June 13, 2013

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Eltjam looks at the great EdTech disruption in ELT

EdTechLaurie Harrison at eltjam takes a very interesting look at some questions that should be on the minds of any leader in the ELT industry: is technology about to cause a major shakeup in how education is delivered? And, if so, what will be the consequences for those who dismiss it or don't see it coming?

If you listen to any EdTech entrepreneur, you’ll notice the frequent and enthusiastic use of the terms disruption or disruptive innovation. To some extent, the whole concept of EdTech is based on the possibilities for disruption engendered by online and mobile tech. The belief is that the “education space” (ugh) is ripe for disruption, and the “factory model” of education we currently impose on our youth is rightly about to be swept away by an EdTech revolution. But what does EdTech disruption mean for ELT?

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Is EdTech an example of disruptive innovation?
Well, I would argue that technology certainly is a disruptive force in education. But in what way, and for better or worse? EdTech fits the bill for disruptive innovation in many ways. The promise is not just that tech will allow students and teachers to do what they always did but in better ways – it’s that tech will actually transform what education is.

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