A society’s view of education is simply a reflection of the broader culture. Back when America was far more homogeneous and agrarian, we developed schools that reflected those values and ideals, right down to the calendar we taught kids on. I would argue one reason there is such confusion over where education should go in the future in this country, is because we now have so many competing visions of what our culture is and how that should collectively define us in the 21st Century. But if you step back, remain objective, and keep your eyes open, what is happening in the world today is pretty clear. And when we understand the direction of the broader world, the role and direction of education comes into focus.
Aceable, an Austin-based edtech startup that offers app based courses in drivers education, raised a $4.7M Seed Round led by Silverton Partners with participation from Floodgate Ventures, NextGen Angels and Capital Factory.
Founded in 2012, Aceable has around 100,000 users and is available in Texas and Florida.
Mobile learning is a growing sector in education across the globe, but it will have the largest impact in developing countries where mobile Internet outgrows, and often replaces, broadband connections at an increased speed.
Having a background in language coaching, I tend to keep a close eye on the latest global trends in language learning. After a period of little innovation in the space, there is definitely a new wave of language learning startups hitting the market.
Live video lessons, the hot trend from seven years ago that proved to be little more than a flash in the pan, certainly had a chilling effect for edtech entrepreneurs and investors in the language learning space.
According to a report from McGraw-Hill Education, the use of mobile devices for studying was on the rise in 2013 and 2014. 81% of the 1,700 college students surveyed used mobile devices like smartphones and tablets making them the second popular choice behind laptops.