Michael Spencer is the CEO of Global Expansion Strategies, a firm that specializes in helping EdTech companies scale through broad adoption in international schools. Michael joins Mike Palmer to talk through his experiences in the field of international educational technology. Michael highlights the changes that have taken place since the pandemic including a seismic shift from predominantly print curricula to majority online curricula of late. This is especially true with International English Language programs which are among the primary drivers of global EdTech. We also discuss how leading English language learning (ELL) companies that used to aim to deliver solutions across all four components of reading, writing, speaking, and listening whereas are now facing increased specialization within each component with many schools exploring the benefits of opting for different solutions for each of the four ELL skill domains.
We conclude with Michael’s perspectives on artificial intelligence and the emerging trend of K12 and post-secondary programs focusing on disruptive skills like data science, the blockchain and beyond. It’s a conversation at the intersection of academics and economics that you won’t want to miss.
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