5 Ed Tech Trends Redefine the Connected Campus
What is emerging as the “connected campus” varies from institution to institution, but the one constant is technology: tools and solutions that facilitate and transform learning and collaboration. We’re already seeing pedagogy evolve in response to these new capabilities, and operational changes are not far behind.
Why it's time North American colleges change how they teach STEM
New analysis of over 2,000 STEM classes in colleges across the United States and Canada has shown professors rely on conventional lecturing rather than more hands-on approaches in their classes, despite the benefits of varied learning techniques. The study notes, however, that this style has been proven to be the least effective method of teaching STEM degrees and engaging students.
Math Teachers: Dump Tracking of Students; Focus on Essentials
A major association of math teachers has issued a call for rethinking math education in pre-K–12. Among the recommendations: to stop the practice of student and teacher tracking and to focus on "essential concepts" that every student should understand. The appeal came in response to flat high school math scores for NAEP that haven't changed in four decades.
Fewer students have to take college remedial math, data show
Though remedial math was intended to help students succeed in college, research has demonstrated that the courses don’t enhance students’ chances of completing college and can even worsen them. There’s more. The placement tests traditionally used by colleges tend to “under-place” a significant portion of students, sending them to remedial courses they don’t need. Disproportionately, these are students of color.
4 Ways Colleges Are Embracing Virtual Reality
As the price of virtual and augmented reality headsets continues to fall, the number of educational users will jump significantly, up to an estimated 15 million by 2025, according to a report from Goldman Sachs. VR applications, in particular, are expected to grow quickly in higher education.
White House addresses fears of robots replacing humans
Paul Daugherty, an executive from Accenture who attended the summit, said they addressed concerned about robots replacing humans in the workplace. “The fear that we have is in the short and medium term, there will be displacement as certain jobs are automated by artificial intelligence,” he said. However, the real issue, he said, is not the lack of jobs but the fact that there is a very large skills gap.
Holographic Tech Could Be the Next Big AR Offering in K–12 Classrooms
Holograms have become somewhat less of an anomaly since Michael Jackson’s image moonwalked across the Billboard Music Awards stage four years ago -- and in time, the technology could start showing up in K–12 classrooms. Often referred to as a type of augmented reality, holographic technology allows viewers to see virtual objects projected into their physical space.
It's time to prepare the workforce of the future
The software industry talks a lot about the software skills gap and the need for more coders. That’s because it’s a real concern – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will 1.4 million open computing jobs by 2020, but only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to fill them. Industry and government should work together to encourage more people to consider jobs in software development, computer programming and cybersecurity.
Addressing Growing Application and Bandwidth Risks in Education Networks
According to recent FortiGuard Labs research that looked at technology and threat trends among educational institutions in the US, both K-12 and higher education institutions are consistently operating at the cutting edge of technology use. This may be due, in part, that the students in this current generation of students (known as Gen Z or the iGen) never experienced a time in their lives that wasn’t dominated by technology.
Google's got our kids
According to a representative for the company, 25 million students worldwide use Chromebooks at school, which are generally more affordable alternatives to fully-fledged PCs or Macs. More than 80 million people use G Suite for Education, with 30 million teachers and students using Google Classroom, a management app that allows teachers to push out assignments and materials and collect student work.