If an edtech startup disappears and nobody notices, did it ever exist? Luvo, formerly Flashnotes, seems to have gone into hibernation, or possibly full shutdown. When you are visiting the website these days, all you see is a wooden texture and a “Thank you from Luvo” note in the browser tab.
A High-Stakes Feedback Loop
There are twin, parallel forces slowly severing learning from American education.
If it seems contradictory that “learning” could somehow be separate from “education” (one is the purpose of the other), consider that standards for credentialing overwhelmingly rely on time spent in an educational environment (school attendance) and discrete performance indicators (standardized tests). Possibly no one explains the fundamental gap in our priorities more eloquently than Sir Ken Robinson in his TED Talk.
Despite their best efforts, neither of these measures of education guarantees learning; more alarmingly, neither is immune to the interference of grade inflation and school athletics. Continue reading
The upcoming shutdown of Livemocha comes hardly as a surprise; one could argue that the language learning community has been on life support for almost three years after its acquisition by Rosetta Stone. One Twitter user stated that Rosetta Stone simply left Livemocha dying in a ditch.
Yet, pulling the plug for good is always a moment of reflection and essentially a point of no return.
Editor’s Note: First appeared on wojtekskalski.com.
Some time ago at Brainly we coined term ‘candy management’ to describe a management style characterised by the following qualities:
- implicit focus on good atmosphere over good results
- very soft management style – lack of pressure / push for results
- same management approach to the team members regardless of their seniority/skill level
- giving much freedom to the team members in terms of both goals (or subgoals) and means to achieve them
The terms “the Uberfication of Education” or “Uber for Tutors” are currently on top of my list when it comes to edtech buzzword bingo. While it surely sounds cool the problem is that most people simply don’t understand what a complete Uberfication would look like.