What will education look like after COVID, and what pivotal role will edtech play in expanding access and addressing equity gaps?

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What will education look like after COVID, and what pivotal role will edtech play in expanding access and addressing equity gaps?

In this MarketScale EdTech Today podcast from host Kevin Hogan, remote learning expert Sal Khan and Anne Wintroub, director of Social Innovation for the AT&T Foundation, discuss a variety of topics related to edtech, COVID learning, and connectivity.

Hogan, who is also Editor-at-Large with eSchool News, discusses COVID-19, digital equity, online learning, and what education will look like post-pandemic.

Following is an excerpt of the discussion, which you can listen to in full via the player above.

Kevin Hogan: But I have to ask you as a visionary and as an innovator in this space, back when you were beginning the ideas for Khan Academy was a global pandemic ever within one of the perspectives that you had of how your tools would be used?

Sal Khan: Yeah, I completely predicted it. I knew it was… Let me tell you what’s going to happen in the next 10 years. No, obviously, Khan Academy, not-for-profit, admission free, world-class education, for anyone anywhere… There was a need well before the pandemic that far too many kids did not have access to, for sure world-class learning in large parts of the world. Or even in the U.S. not even learning. Then even when they did have access, we know that most school’s kind of have a one-pace, one size fits all. A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to get the help, the remediation, to be able to learn at their own time and pace. So that was always the opportunity for Khan Academy, what we’ve been working on for the last, over a decade. I mean, it’s been 16, almost 17 years since I started tutoring my cousins back in the day.

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