As schools struggle to raise high school graduation rates and close the persistent achievement gap for minority and low-income students, many educators tout digital technology in the classroom as a way forward. But experts caution that this approach still needs more scrutiny and warn schools and parents against being overly reliant on computers.
According to a University of Phoenix College of Education survey, nearly all K-12 teachers said educational technology like laptops, SMART Boards and apps, are being used in schools. Unfortunately, the survey also found that nearly one in five of those surveyed feel intimidated by students’ knowledge of tech devices, and only one in four have had significant training in integrating technology into the classroom.
Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders, said the trend of younger people feeling more comfortable learning through screens is especially important in the world of education. If schools don't adapt and move to a more blended style of instruction, Elmore said, America's schools could see a growing disinterest in traditional education.
Today’s students will be the first generation entering adulthood with a digital footprint from birth, yet education is one of the most underexplored sectors when it comes to security and privacy. If we’re not careful about securing this data, we leave our children vulnerable to embarrassing -- if not outright dangerous -- situations.
Roughly 20.5 million students attended American colleges and universities in the fall of 2016, marking an annual increase of about 5.2 million since 2000. This surge, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, comes alongside seemingly endless escalations of tuition expenses and a mounting student loan debt crisis, which Forbes notes is now the second-highest consumer debt category.
Is the rush to bring personalized software into schools putting student data at risk? Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes. Earlier this week they released an extensive report asking lawmakers to put up some legal barriers to protect student information.
There are plenty of “innovators” and “early adopters” of education technology out there, from educators who make the rounds on the ISTE and SXSWedu conference circuits to consultants and entrepreneurs who push for adoption of certain tools or practices. But what about those who are more skeptical?
While the percentage of students who use a computer in math class at least once every few weeks has been steadily increasing over the past few years, 74 percent of eighth-grade math students report they never or hardly ever use computers in class.
Online learning allows students to learn in a broader range of styles instead of simply sitting and listening to an instructor. It's also the form of learning that is conducive to the advancements being made in artificial intelligence, and is arguably more effective for the needs of our modern workplace. But there are new challenges that come along with new approaches as well.
The use of virtual reality in the classroom represents a change to how students engage with material, representing a shift in thinking from the relatively docile student sitting at a desk and being the passive recipient of information communication by a teacher. Virtual reality allows the student to interact more directly with the subject matter.