Education technology is riddled with temptations and false promises. But if you ask Mark Brown, a professor and director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University in Ireland, problems such as falling for hype around new technology is an absolute moral dilemma. He’s caved in before.
On the surface, adopting technology to support teacher needs or student challenges isn’t terribly complex: define the problem you’re trying to solve, identify the right tools for the job, and implement the tools effectively and with fidelity. In practice, these areas are fraught with challenges. End users are too often removed from the decision-making process during procurement.
Public reliance on the internet and technology can have a negative impact on students in the form of internet dependence. The problem begins with the integration of the internet and homework assignments. In order to maintain the quality of education, it is important to balance the use of technology within the classroom.
“When you have a headset on, it’s a relative vulnerable position you’re in--you’re essentially blindfolded,” says Kyle Bowen, director of education technology services for the university. “You’ve probably heard the saying ‘herding cats.’ In this case you’re herding blind cats.” Bowen says his team is working to create software that can trigger several 360-degree videos to start exactly at the same time, so that a professor and students will all experience a similar scene, even as each can look in different directions.
Yes, textbooks are some of the last paper-based books to stick around since, yes, districts are still purchasing paper-based textbooks. (Want a reference? Check with your local school board!) But the paper-based textbook industry is not growing; just the opposite.
New research reveals that many adults suffer from a “digital readiness” gap that impacts their preparedness and comfort in using digital tools for online learning. U.S. adults fall along a spectrum of digital readiness, ranging from those who are fairly prepared to those who are relatively hesitant, according to Digital Readiness Gaps, a new report from the Pew Research Center.
Ed Tech Strategies, a Virginia-based research and counsel consultancy, has published a K–12 Cyber Incident Map, an interactive visualization of cybersecurity-related incidents reported about United States K–12 public schools and districts from 2016 to the present.
According to the CCRC research, many higher education institutions have understaffed advising teams – not exactly news to suppliers and users of the services. But the issue is serious: Understaffing limits the ability of staff to truly help; many adviser are relegated to helping students register for classes and little more. In response, institutions are considering the use of technology to streamline the process with the help of software companies.
Classrooms no longer consist of only 20 desks and a chalkboard - they now most likely have at least a few computers and a projector at their fingertips. Technology has completely changed the way professors teach their classes and that trend isn’t going anywhere.