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I hope you guys enjoyed the last issue. This month has been really busy for me, hence the later issue, but I am actively working on maintaining a solid level of consistency.  As a result, you can expect a new issue of Society x Tech to your inbox on the last friday of every month! This is only my third issue and as I'm typing this we have a little over 100 subscribers! To my new and old subscribers, thank you all for subscribing to Society x Tech. Our third issue is discussing Ed Tech. Scroll down to read more.

Educational Technology (Ed Tech) are tools, software applications or processes that encourage some sort of educational training either online or in person.  Examples of these are:
  • Udemy
  • Coursera 
  • Bloc
  • Flatiron School
  • Lynda 

A look at how Ed Tech is redefining education. 
Online Learning Will Make You Richer, Healthier, and More Popular

As technology keeps advancing, you have to keep learning to continue leveling up. Partaking in online courses helps you to advance your skillset without having to go back to another degree. 

Ed Tech has so many opportunities ahead... 

Ed Tech has the ability to create better environments for people to learn at their own pace and at what works best for them. As these opportunities continue to be explored, we can begin to see education mimic more of how the world works and tailor education specifically to our learning needs. 

Solo Entrepreneurship with Paul Jarvis

Traditional education can often times leave you in debt with no experience. As most people learn by doing, it's a lot easier and more effective to dive into a specific course, gather all the information that the course contains, and begin doing things on your own to get that exposure.

Is online learning the future of education?

Aside from the issues surrounding accreditation and quality control, online education has made education more accessible and more feasible for people to do so and create a sense of balance.
Some things to consider when looking at online courses or bootcamps as your primary source of education.
You can't build an iPhone with Python

While participating in bootcamps or various ed tech initiatives can help you get your foot in the door, it doesn't entirely provide you with the vast amount of knowledge as you would need to really advance within the tech industry. Knowing how to code isn't the same thing as computer science and it doesn't necessarily provide you with a broader understanding of technology as a whole.

Your UX Bootcamp Will NOT Get You A Job: Unless You Do These Critically Important Steps

Participating in a bootcamp isn't enough for you to end up landing a job. You need to put in the effort to build your brand, network, and enhance your skillset on your own. As bootcamps sell you on a dream of guaranteed employment, it is very unlikely that that will happen without you putting matters into your own hands.

engineering vs software engineering vs computer science vs software programming 2019

Going through traditional education exposes you to a lot of different opportunities as well that you may not get through online learning. If you have the opportunity to be able to go to school, why not in order to increase your network and broaden your perspective.
An interview featuring the CEO of the new Ed Tech platform, Blademy.
This month we're featuring Ayoola John-Muyiwa (AJ). AJ was born in Nigeria, grew up in Houston, Texas and is currently the CEO and Founder of Blademy; an online learning platform that prepares Black millennials for in-demand careers in tech, design, finance, and entrepreneurship. I asked him his thoughts on online learning and the Ed Tech space. Check out his interview now.

If you're working on something that's aligned to a trend in technology and would like to be featured, please fill out this form so I can get in contact. 
Can EdTech replace traditional education? Here are my thoughts on the issue?
I graduated from a four year university and participated in an online course and I've found that the online course really built upon my formalized educational background rather than replaced it completely. Online courses have really helped me dive more into specific topics that my traditional educational background did not provide and my traditional educational background helped me take in better (in my opinion) what I was learning from my online course. 

I think currently, Ed Tech isn't at the level where it can completely trump traditional education. There are countless institutions  and professions that require you to have at least a bachelor's degree and I don't foresee that changing any time soon. That being said, online learning provides a great way to learn something specific and a lot quicker than if you were to go back to school and if you do the work and then some, you're able to really drive and make change in the community at large.

What do you think? Tweet me so we can discuss. 
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