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Parsing Internet Trends for Education

May 28, 2015 | By | No Comments

Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report is out. It’s worth taking the time to review the whole presentation, but these highlights stand out in relation to education:

  • Smartphone access to the Internet continues to skyrocket, up to 64%
  • Time spent viewing videos on mobile devices is dramatically increasing.
  • Overall Internet connectivity in the U.S. is leveling off (just above 80%)
  • Instagram continues to pull ahead as the primary social network used by teens, outpacing Twitter and Facebook.
  • Cyber attacks and data breaches continue to grow, along with concerns about the security of personal data.
  • New user interfaces and design concepts have become the norm for mobile apps and similar approaches could transform education apps. (beginning slide 183)

My overall takeaway is that education still lags far behind in the Internet revolution, particularly on mobile devices. We’ve yet to see platforms transform education at scale the way that Google Maps, Yelp, Uber, AirBnB, and other platforms have transformed other parts of our lives. Given trends in China and India, the mobile education revolution may happen there first.

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