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[VIDEO]: Interview with OpenEd’s Tom Vander Ark, Former Gates Foundation Director

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Tom Vander Ark at TED. Image by hermosawave via Flickr

Guernica has a great interview with Tom Vander Ark, an education venture capitalist with Learning Capital. Vander Ark also runs OpenEd Solutions, that offers blended learning services. In this interview, Vander Ark talks about everything from Khan Academy to why he believes the smaller school movement has been misunderstood.

…I put ed tech in the same category as clean tech and biotech as potentially three of the four most important change forces in the world, the fourth one being representative democracy. By connecting hundreds of millions of young people around the world, ed tech will, I think, do more to change cultures and eventually more to change governments than anything else.

Vander Ark also says parents are too lax with their kids. But technology can help some— but not all of the lack of education motivation:

It’s worth noting that to some extent we need to trick our kids into learning, while other countries have a culture that values education. Pressure and support are more evenly applied.

Given the American culture and our addiction to media and entertainment, part of our challenge is using what we’ve learned in creating entertainment media to do a better job of engaging students and building persistence in their learning.

Also check out his TED talk from November:

Full interview at Guernica / OK, Computer.

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