Just a couple of decades ago, writing a research paper required a trip to the library, where you had to carry every heavy encyclopedia available to a desk and write down as much information as possible before the library closed. These days, all kids have to do is get on the internet, do a quick search (that doesn’t even have to be very specific) and choose a few (credible) resources. Technology has saved students a lot of time and effort.
While these schools were once healthy and thriving institutions of higher learning for minority students, enrollment has been on the decline for decades. Black and minority students are still attending college, but they are less likely to attend HBCUs than they were in the past. Unfortunately, this shift in enrollment is making it even more difficult for these schools to keep up and attract new students.
Developing fully intelligent education tools and new virtual teaching assistants will take time for sure. But given the current technological advancements, here is the five changes AI is already making on special education market today.
Don’t call schools outdated; call them inadequate. Don’t focus on technology; emphasize the benefits for teachers. And try not to talk about testing too much. That’s some of the advice advocates of “personalized learning” offer in a recent messaging document meant to help school leaders and others drum up support.
If you are involved in education technology in any way, you must stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Educational technology is growing at immense speed – practically changing every day. The best place to find out quality information from trustworthy sources is in EdTech research journals. These journals publish articles by EdTech entrepreneurs and educators providing the information you need.
Our current academic model is falling very short of where learners will need to be in order to graduate with digital literacy. The K-12 schools across the nation are determined to help make up for this deficit by purchasing every piece of technology that comes their way.
“The next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) is conceived as an ecosystem--a learning environment consisting of learning tools and components that adhere to common standards.” Ultimately, the next generation of digital learning environment will become more focused on learning rather than administration.
The advent of artificial intelligence could increase societal inequalities, or it could provide teachers with the tools to customize instruction for every individual student. The outcome comes down to how our society lays the groundwork for the rapid changes AI promises to deliver.
NEPC isn't alone in calling out for schools and educators to show much greater caution in their use of social media and digital tools. EdTech Strategies, a consultancy that researches education technology, innovation and policy, recently published a six-part series intended to "shed light" on the use of websites by schools and state departments of education.
The Arizona State University Action Lab at EdPlus and The Boston Consulting Group today released Making Digital Learning Work, a report that highlights new findings about the impact of digital learning on student access, outcomes, and cost.