China wants it big in terms of size and degree. Recently, it has made some news for launching the world's biggest radio telescope and setting itself up as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to technology. Even in the field of education technology, China is making waves for surpassing the US by having the biggest investment when it comes to education technology.
With the U.S. general election coming up Nov. 8, it's a good time to take a forward-looking, party-neutral look at technology policy issues relevant in this election cycle. Cyber-security, as one might expect, tops any list of IT problems. If our personal and business information isn't secure -- and by most measures, basically nothing is completely safe at this time...
A recent research has predicted that in the future, the idea of classroom learning will be non-existent anymore, what with the emergence of new technology. According to the report, the main reason for this is the expectation of students for a more highly engaging and interactive learning rather than stagnant designs led by instructors.
While many K-12 schools and universities have been slow to adopt existing AI technology due to funding concerns and general fears about being early adopters of new technology that may prove to be unsuccessful, the report says that over the next 15 years in a typical North American city, the use of intelligent tutor systems (ITS) and other AI technologies to assist teachers in the classroom and in the home is likely to expand significantly, as will learning based on virtual reality (VR) applications.
The use of video editing software is just one among many digital skills that children are learning both in school and at home. While shooting music videos at home can be fun, parents need to think about what type of digital skills their children will need to succeed in the future. Fortunately, the International Society for Technology in Education has already been thinking about this issue. They have highlighted six areas that students should know before they graduate from high school.
The zSpace learning experience allows students to handle fragile and even microscopic objects in their hands, in a three-dimensional view. If they make a mistake, they can start over easily. zSpace is being used in hundreds of school districts, medical schools and universities across the country.
Carolan's firm has made it a mission to seek out companies that help schools go from Luddites to early adopters, all in the hopes of personalizing kids' education as much as possible. Here are some of the companies Reach has invested in that Carolan believes could transform the American education landscape.
Alt School, located in Palo Alto, California, is an experiment in customized learning environments.
When Niantic introduced Pokemon GO, gaming has been brought to a new level because augmented reality made the experience much more real because you get to catch imaginary monsters in a real-life environment. Although the use of augmented reality or AR is just in its "baby stage," the education sector has been considering its possibilities to innovate learning and teaching.
Some schools have developed policies on uses of technology that may affect the child’s online behavior in and out of the classroom. Ask the school if they have developed a policy. You and some other parents and community leaders can work together to find resources and interested individuals if there is none.