In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.
Only one in seven education "insiders" (15 percent) believe that higher education tech companies are "solving the right problems." Three in 10 expect online learning to see more expansion between now and 2020 compared to any other new model or tech that could surface in education.
As education technology gains an increasing presence in American schools, the big question being asked is, “Does it work?” But as curricula and learning tools are prepared for rigorous evaluation, we should think about how existing research on teaching and learning have informed their design.
The Virtual High School, VHS, is a nonprofit organization that aims to offer the highest quality online education to the students of middle school and high school. But also for educators themselves to improve their professional skills. VHS is attempting to help teachers fill the void by offering the most advanced courses online that help their students gain knowledge of the various aspects of computer science.
From dissecting frogs without the guilty consciousnesses, taking a history class in ancient Rome, or swimming with marine animals in the Galapagos islands, VR is offering modern students a more authentic and immersive learning experience, in which they can interact with dimensional environments and place themselves in different times and locations.
Machine learning technologies in the AI field are designed in such a manner that they can interact directly with students without any human intervention, according to the report, and such technologies are capable of teaching varied subjects, such as mathematics, languages, physics, law, and medicine.
Google’s dominance as a global search engine and device-maker is well-known to everyone who uses a laptop or a smartphone -- and even those who don’t. And its foray into other industries like self-driving cars, drones, and scientific research shows the company isn’t afraid to move into new verticals. One of those verticals is K12 education.
When it comes to providing access to technology, many experts are concerned about the digital divide between high-income and low-income students, particularly in the home.
One of the ultimate goals of using technology in the classroom is to help students personalize their learning experience as much as possible to meet their individual needs. Many digital devices, various types of software, and types of learning platforms are needed to make this happen.
The combination of the Chromebook and the G Suite for Education (Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, etc.) has indeed take the K-12 world by storm. Half of all primary and secondary students - some 30 million future postsecondary customers - use Google software and/or hardware in their schools. Why hasn’t Google achieved this sort of traction in higher ed?