Last year, Jeremy Seedorf’s 9-year-old daughter and her classmates received tablet computers from their Lancaster County school. He wouldn’t let her bring one home: “The iPads were coming, and there was nothing we could do about it.” In the Neshaminy School District, Jessica Reeder was taken aback when she discovered that her daughter had to use the internet to do her first-grade homework: “That was a little bit concerning to us.”
Technology’s heavy hitters are in Chicago this week, showing off their latest ed-tech offerings at International Society for Technology in Education conference. For Google, that means some key updates to Classrooms, the free, browser-based educational software that’s currently used by “over 30 million students” globally, by its count.
Since the year 2000, it has been found that online learning had an edge over traditional, classroom-based learning. In 2010, a review published by the US Department of Education stated that online learning was just as effective, if not better, than face-to-face interactions.
While teachers may always be the best line of defense for students falling behind, busy schedules don’t always permit the special attention and feedback that students need. That’s where artificial intelligence–powered teaching assistants might come in handy. “These intelligent tools can adapt pacing based on the student’s ability … and provide targeted, corrective feedback in case the student makes mistakes, so that the student can learn from them...
As the growth in personalized learning initiatives has emphasized, students will exhibit differing aptitudes for subjects depending on their strengths. However, issues with classroom equity have left some students unable to perform, not because they are having trouble grasping the material but because of issues related to geography, race, gender, ethnicity, language or economics.
To create classrooms of creativity, teachers have to understand that their students - Generation Z - were born into a world with smartphones, tablets and computers. “They do texts and usually images, and they think in small, bite-size chunks, so becomes our jobs the help them value deep work and deep learning,” Clark said.
Today, teachers have an endless choice of potential edtech products to choose from to meet their classroom needs. And, with ISTE coming up this month in Chicago, edtech startups should be prepared to answer many questions from educators and school administrators. Here are some tips and ideas along with critical questions edtech startups should be able to answer regarding their products and services.
The last few years have also seen the development of massive open online courses, or MOOCS. Providers such as edX -- which was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 -- offer free online courses from renowned institutions such as Columbia University and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The platform provides more than 1,900 courses and its users come from all over the world.
The education industry all over the world is going through radical change, because of factors such as emerging tech innovations, government regulations, student mobility and others. The ever-growing popularity of mobile devices provided a wonderful opportunity to the field of education.
There’s no doubt that education technology can make a big difference in the classroom. But the facts show that the key to closing the achievement gap is not providing more technology to students, but rather putting the right ed tech into the hands of teachers.