What do you think will be the main things we'll be seeing in ed tech in 2018?

Artificial intelligence

While we might not see any major products reach scalability for a couple more years, we expect to see more early stage products shining a light directionally on where AI is leading the education space.  We think we'll see startups experimenting with machine learning to generate educational content (e.g., practice exam questions), interactive language bots (e.g., conversation partners), and so on, that will not yet be perfect but still pretty impressive indicators of what is yet to come. 

Consumer-level decision-making

We expect to continue to see teachers and students take decisions about Edtech into their own hands, as they continue to discover -- either individually or from peers -- accessible, easy to use technologies that help them teach and study, respectively.  There are so many great tools available if you can find the time to seek them out, or just try them out when a peer tells you about them.  Give it a try!  Don't just stick to the software program your school made you use! 

What do you think will be the main ed tech challenges in 2018?

While connectivity is the single greatest trend and enabler for education technologies across the world, the lack of proliferation of broadband wifi in schools continues to be a hinderance for full-on adoption of technologies in the classroom.  We hope that schools and governments can find the resources to fund connectivity and access as a means of supporting their teachers and students' tech adoption and education.

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