Amid sustained growth in an education technology sector competing to put innovative digital tools in front of students, some educators are lamenting a disconnect between the products entrepreneurs are offering and what schools actually need – a rare criticism of an industry often lauded as vital to maximizing student learning potential.
Voice command platforms from Amazon, Google and Microsoft are creating new models for learning in K-12 and higher education -- and renewed privacy concerns.
2017 has, overall year, been a remarkable year when it comes to education technology. In the sphere of eLearning, countless businesses, educators, and individuals not only helped to develop new education technology; they implemented it in exciting and creative ways.
Virtual reality has made its way into Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. The technology, which aims to give students a more hands-on and visual learning experience, is expected by some at the university to be heavily used by many learning institutions in the near future.
The education industry is poised for massive disruption by innovative thinkers and entrepreneurial spirits. Most people agree that education is the key to helping people achieve and that it should be affordable and accessible. That, combined with an increase in the number of technologies that can be easily adapted to solve problems in the education sector, is why the EdTech space has experienced such sudden growth.
There are teachers using interactive whiteboards, and students sneaking peeks at their phones or using a tablet. But I still see teachers covering material via lectures and students using textbooks--just as they do in my own university. I can’t help but ask: “Why has education changed so little when media and technology have changed so much?”
The student and the district supervisor in these fictional vignettes offer two possible scenarios of how the education community could soon be regulated by artificial-intelligence systems and devices. As a society, we must get used to the concept of "technological legislation," the notion that widely distributed technological systems and devices often govern our lives more effectively than local, state, or federal laws.
"In K-12 schools in the U.S. in the last year, Windows device share grew 4.3 percent on devices under $300 and 8.2 percent on devices over $300, as more and more schools are choosing Windows over competitive offerings," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices division at Microsoft, in a blog post citing data from Futuresource Consulting.