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EdTech Speaks

A podcast about all things EdTech!

Welcome to EdTech Speaks, a podcast bringing guests together to share their expertise and advice on navigating business and education in a technology-driven world. From entrepreneurs to vendors, higher education to corpo
Latest Episode11/28/2022

033 Protecting Children's Digital Journey with Ross Young

Season 2, Ep. 33
Thanks for tuning into another great episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we are joined by Ross Young, EVP of Linewize, a rising classroom management and technology company.He helps K-12 school districts meet the challenges of today’s connected learning environment by leading product strategy, sales and customer experience. Ross has deep expertise in the EdTech and cybersecurity industries, a passion for technology and its ability to drive social impact, and a strong understanding of how to effectively integrate classroom management tools into school districts while complying with security, safety, 1:1 scale and procurement. Ross is incredibly passionate about protecting kids and teens in their digital journey, especially because he once intercepted his daughter interacting with a predator online before it was able to escalate. When he’s not busy supporting and protecting every child’s digital journey, Ross can be found chasing his kids on bikes, skis, scooters or across the football field at his home in San Diego, California.Listen in as we discuss surveillance vs. security when it comes to digital monitoring tools and EdTech tools and how they can protect students from harmful online behavior and help find early indicators of violence, self-harm and bullying.Ross mentions that he has a variety of technical tools in his classroom management and digital monitoring software. Linewize can help school districts protect their students and avoid violent incidents. It can also help parents ensure their kids are navigating the digital world a little more safely.He says, "Moving forward, I expect to see an emphasis on mental health awareness in EdTech monitoring tools. I also expect to see more tools emerge that will help to measure the effectiveness of the EdTech systems being utilized."Learn more and connect with Ross here:https://www.linewize.com/https://www.facebook.com/familyzoneUSA/https://twitter.com/linewizehttps://www.linkedin.com/company/familyzone-io/
11/28/2022

033 Protecting Children's Digital Journey with Ross Young

Season 2, Ep. 33
Thanks for tuning into another great episode of the EdTech Speaks podcast where we are joined by Ross Young, EVP of Linewize, a rising classroom management and technology company.He helps K-12 school districts meet the challenges of today’s connected learning environment by leading product strategy, sales and customer experience. Ross has deep expertise in the EdTech and cybersecurity industries, a passion for technology and its ability to drive social impact, and a strong understanding of how to effectively integrate classroom management tools into school districts while complying with security, safety, 1:1 scale and procurement. Ross is incredibly passionate about protecting kids and teens in their digital journey, especially because he once intercepted his daughter interacting with a predator online before it was able to escalate. When he’s not busy supporting and protecting every child’s digital journey, Ross can be found chasing his kids on bikes, skis, scooters or across the football field at his home in San Diego, California.Listen in as we discuss surveillance vs. security when it comes to digital monitoring tools and EdTech tools and how they can protect students from harmful online behavior and help find early indicators of violence, self-harm and bullying.Ross mentions that he has a variety of technical tools in his classroom management and digital monitoring software. Linewize can help school districts protect their students and avoid violent incidents. It can also help parents ensure their kids are navigating the digital world a little more safely.He says, "Moving forward, I expect to see an emphasis on mental health awareness in EdTech monitoring tools. I also expect to see more tools emerge that will help to measure the effectiveness of the EdTech systems being utilized."Learn more and connect with Ross here:https://www.linewize.com/https://www.facebook.com/familyzoneUSA/https://twitter.com/linewizehttps://www.linkedin.com/company/familyzone-io/
8/29/2022

030 Building Kiddom For All Students with Ahsan Rizvi

Season 2, Ep. 30
Today, the EdTech Speaks podcast interviews Ahsan Rizvi, CEO and Founder, Kiddom. Ahsan's story starts out when he was a young boy, going to school in Pakistan. When he was in 7th grade, he wanted to switch school systems, because that was the best way for him to get into colleges in the US. In order to attend the new school he had to pass an entrance exam, and based on the results, the school picked one, single candidate out of 1,100+ each year. He managed to pass by studying through the summer while all his friends were outside playing soccer (which he really envied!). This set the framework (at such a young age) for understanding the power of education.This background led Ahsan to create Kiddom, the first all-in-one education platform for high-quality digital curricula. It integrates curriculum management, instruction, assessment, and communication tools into one solution, saving schools valuable time, resources and money. With the flexibility to access and edit curriculum from any location, Kiddom is the only education platform that can effectively support teachers and learners engaging in in-class, blended, hybrid or distance learning scenarios, as well as in the quick pivots between them. Headquartered in San Francisco with an office in New York City, Kiddom is a team of passionate educators, designers, and developers building technology to enable all teachers and learners to unlock their full potential. When asked about his hardships, Ahsan said, "It took 7 months to get the first investor meeting for Kiddom’s first round of financing, since I had no connections in the community. Going through the constant rejections from investors was hard without a paycheck. Getting that first “yes” was a huge step towards making Kiddom a reality and that lesson of tenacity has helped shape that same tenacity within Kiddom."Listen in as Ahsan shares how the Kiddom platform can be the key to great education of the future, built for all students of all abilities. Learn more and connect with Ahsan here:LinkedIn (Ahsan): https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahsan-rizvi-16340a25/LinkedIn (Kiddom): https://www.linkedin.com/company/kiddom/ Twitter (Ashan): ​​https://twitter.com/ahsanhilalTwitter (Kiddom): https://twitter.com/kiddomapp Facebook (Kiddom): https://www.facebook.com/kiddomapp/ Instagram (Kiddom): https://instagram.com/kiddomapphttps://www.kiddom.co/#EdTech #teachers #DigitalCurriculum #TeachingandLearning