As tech enthusiasts, we often tend to overlook a category that is pursuing innovation and pushing the limits just as much as anyone: education technology.
We don't usually associate education with being a leader in digital. Ed tech trends don't always get picked up on Mashable and are not trending topics on Twitter. Ed tech is, however, picking up steam and will be making a big impact over the next several years.
I started reading up on ed tech when BFG began working with our client, SAT Remix. This client developed an SAT prep system utilizing text messages which include SAT vocab words recorded to custom soundtracks to help increase retention. From working with SAT Remix and diving into the world of education, I have found some interesting uses of technology across platforms, which deserve to be shared.
Tech-savvy teachers are so in right now, including these two history teachers that make YouTube videos to popular songs that illustrate a specific history lesson.
I wish these were around when I was in school (not that it was that long ago, but still). It is well documented that music increases retention. I couldn't tell you much that I learned in history class but I can recite the entire "Social Studies Rap" from 1st grade. Not only do these videos provide catchy and valuable tunes, but they are put together very well. Not too shabby.