By Elizabeth Woyke
"New York City is home to thousands of teachers, dozens of edtech start-ups and a handful of graduate education programs. Yet, in spite of their common interests, the groups don't always communicate. Now one organization, based at Columbia University's Teachers College, is kick-starting a dialogue.
"Called EdLab, the organization is Teachers College's technology research unit. Founded in 2004 to develop software tools for Teachers College faculty and students, EdLab has lately been expanding beyond Columbia to play a more public role in New York's edtech community.
"EdLab's new role was clear Tuesday night as the organization hosted its first start-up Demo Night. About 100 people trekked uptown to Columbia's campus to hear three local edtech start-ups (Amphetomobile, BiblioNasium and Late Nite Labs) discuss their products and answer questions. The mix of faculty, students, teachers and entrepreneurs represented a more diverse crowd than the business types who typically attend New York edtech Meetups and networking events."