While it is obvious that EdTech startups have a lot to gain from working closely with educators, the benefits to the education community can be of great importance as well. Startups benefit from the educational insight educators provide and thus enhance the educational viability of their products. Students can benefit from the opportunity to fulfill written and oral communication expectations while engaging in authentic learning as they experiment with new products. Teachers may benefit from the chance to enhance their understanding of the available technological resources, while ensuring that future EdTech products successfully address their needs. Lastly, school leaders can also benefit from the opportunity to infuse a spirit of innovation into their school community.
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