When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind -- especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools. Microsoft's big selling point this year? More cheap Windows 10 notebooks starting at $189, and a Minecraft: Education Edition update focused on chemistry.
Roughly 90,000 U.S. elementary schools welcome children most weekdays, and from the time those students cross the classroom threshold until the final bell in the afternoon, they are exposed to technology. Some schools have more tech integrated into the curriculum than others, though that is changing. Common Core State Standards expect knowledge to be “collaborated on, published and shared.” That is done through various technological means, including pdfs, printing, publishing to blogs and wikis, sharing via Google docs, etc.
Despite more global investment in EdTech, not much happened in 2017. Here’s a look at where the innovation is happening this year. Given exponential change in the #FutureofWork, a growing number of schools, districts and networks are adopting new student learning goals. Some describe it as an updated profile of a graduate.
Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field.
The latest budget proposal released by California Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a significant addition to the nation’s largest community college system: A fully online California community college. California’s community colleges serve 2.1 million students, or roughly one-quarter of all community college students in the nation.
Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learning. At present, colleges and universities are most worried about competition from schools or training systems using online learning technology.
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly emerging technology that has the potential to change our everyday lives with a scope and speed that humankind has never experienced before. Some well-known technology leaders such as Tesla architect Elon Musk consider AI a potential threat to humanity and have pushed for its regulation "before it's too late"—an alarmist statement that confuses AI science with science fiction.
The concept of “Artificial intelligence” can be hard to understand/grasp, especially when trying to think about how it can be applied to education as well as many other sectors of society. In December 2015, the Getting Smart #AskAboutAI research began and over these two years, they have identified over 100 applications of AI to life in areas such as recreation, transportation, education, healthcare and gaming to name just a few.
One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918. However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.”
As the scourge of ransomware continues unabated, K–12 education increasingly falls victim. As of December, at least 283 U.S. public schools and districts have reported cybersecurity incidents in the nearly two years since January 2016, according to the EdTech Strategies’ K-12 Cyber Incident map.