The co-founder of the Raspberry Pi, and an academic whose research claims student learning can be boosted by seven years just by using the internet have been included in the first ever global listing of innovators in educational technolgy, more commonly referred to as edtech.
David Braben, whose pocket-sized programmable computer is being used by millions of students around the world, and Professor Sugata Mitra, who believes that using the internet can increase children’s learning far beyond their chronological age, are among 50 names included in the first Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index.
The list was launched by the World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) and EdTechXGlobal, which organises the conference, EdTechXEurope, in a bid to honor the individuals’ work in the field of educational technology.
The index also includes names such as Salman Khan – the founder of online education site Khan Academy, which teaches millions around the world – as well as bigger companies like Lego Education.
Stavros N. Yiannouka, the chief executive of Wise, said: “This index seeks to recognise thinkers and doers who have pioneered innovative approaches to addressing challenges in education."
The index was put together by industry leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google for Education, IDEO, IBIS Capital, Kaizen Private Equity, Learn Capital, LinkedIN, Times Higher Education and TES Global, the parent company of TES.
Visit the Makers and Shakers website to see all 50 names in the index.