Online Education Platform WizIQ Raises $4M Series B To Bolster User-Base, Led By Indian Private Equity Fund Kaizen
WizIQ, an online education platform which provides virtual classroom software for teachers and trainers at school and university level has raised a $4 million Series B round. The funding was led by Kaizen, an Indian private equity fund focused on the education sector. German-based global media company, Bertelsmann, also participated.
WizIQ said it will use the funding to bolster its position in the online education platform space — noting that, as part of the investment, authorSTREAM, an online platform for PowerPoint users to share presentation-based content, will merge into WizIQ, giving it a chance to reach authorSTREAM’s four million users — “a lot” of whom are apparently teachers, trainers and students. The company added that it would use the funding to improve its technology infrastructure and hire staff in product development and senior management positions.
WizIQ’s software — which works on PCs, iPads and Android tablets — has been used…
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There are 15 Cool Tech Tools introduced but I think that Watchitoo is one of the best.
Wachitoo Class Interact is trying to reinvent the classroom experience for online classes. The program allows for 25 participants to stream into the video classroom through their webcams, and then participate via text, video chat and polls.
Wachitoo said that the program helps create active participants, instead of passive students watching a traditional lecture video. Teachers can single out students for presentation, record the presentation, build breakout sessions, and share graphics and whiteboards through the platform.
Too often educators view new methodology and tools with a 20th century mindset. It is their own educational experience that is driving their teaching. A big problem is that we are no longer in that time period. Many educators are losing relevance. It is not something that we can point out without creating friction, and most people refrain from doing so for that reason. Educators like to be fair and let people learn for themselves when it comes to their colleagues. Of course students and parents assume that they are getting the biggest bang for their buck for an education that will provide a path to, at the very least, a safe and competent ability to make a living in a world that will be using technology that advances further even that which we are using today.
Teaching is not easy. It is a profession that requires educators to be relevant. Being relevant doesn’t come with age. Just the opposite occurs, and it requires work to keep up. Teaching is not a profession that enables one to stop learning after the degree is earned and the job is secured. Technology is moving us all too fast for anyone to sit back relying on old methods and tools.
I just read a post by my friend, Tony Sinanis,#EdCamp: What’s The Point?Tony had an unconnected colleague attend an Edcamp. The colleague was most impressed with the ever-present passion. According to Tony’s friend:
This whole experience seems to be one of the best examples I have ever seen about the power and importance of self-directed learning…
The organic way this whole day unfolded blew me away…
All seemed to be going well in winning a convert to the connected side and then it came.
The only thing I am wondering about is the heavy emphasis on technology and sometimes I think the technology tool or tip became the focus as opposed to the conversation or overarching topic… is that always the way?
For too many educators the second statement wipes out all of the wonderment that the first statement brought to the table. It always comes down to…
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At the beginning of the school year when students receive devices from the school or bring their own devices to school for the first time, ask them to give a two or three minute presentation about their favorite hidden feature of their devices. Don’t have them make slides. Have them hook-up to projector to give a short demonstration and explanation. Ask them to share what they like about their favorite hidden features and why those hidden features could have value to other students.
This is so sad.
We need the Human Touch in teaching with new technologies.
A year ago, I was asked by the amazing Chuck Sandy to write a blog post for iTDi under the title The Ideal Classroom. I thought about it and a few minutes later, I had a clear picture of an ideal classroom.I thought of all the environments I have worked in: some were picture-perfect, others much less so – no lighting, having lessons in our coats and gloves. But which is the best kind? The ideal one?
Some of them are hi-tech or bare floor. Some are in beautiful modern buildings, some do not even have windows or roofs. Others have tablets and computers for the students; in other schools kids sit on the ground with little chalkboards, or even draw in the dirt.
Which is the best…
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