We asked 22 teachers and administrators to share their new year’s goals; here’s what they hope to accomplish in 2019.
There's no denying that the landscape of education is changing. With the advent of computers, the internet and mobile phones, there are so many technologies available today that were not present in the 1950s, or even five or ten years ago. A decade ago, the iPad didn't exist. Now you'll find them in millions of classrooms around the country.
Children with disabilities deserve the opportunity to learn, be social and participate in the same way that students without disabilities do. Many challenges remain for educators and parents when it comes to providing special-needs students with a fulfilling, involved school experience. Fortunately, assistive technology gives students with disabilities the chance to be independent and to excel in academics and sports.
For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer. In the early days of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom, but they also saw a large number of resources being committed to just this one aspect of education.
Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI "will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities."
The usage of Google products isn't unique to Lodewyk's public school in Bay City, Michigan. There are 80 million educators and students globally using G Suite for Education, which allows users to access Gmail, Google Cloud, Google Docs, and other productivity tools. In 2017, Chromebooks and other Google devices made up 58% of all devices purchased for US classrooms, according to Futuresource data.
The education industry has been ranked the worst in cybersecurity out of 17 major industries. Analysis published last week by SecurityScorecard, a New York City-based IT security company, reveals an incredible risk to students considering the sheer amount of personal data amassed on school networks.
Is Amazon a sleeping giant of edtech? Or one of its biggest, underreported failures? Those are questions to which my answers have varied, especially this year. But now I can definitively answer yes. To both. As someone who lives in Seattle and has both worked in education technology as an executive and analyst, and observed the tech sector as a columnist, Amazon is inescapable.
Our rundown of new edtech this year spans technology that has been in development for decades to that which has not yet been widely adopted or even brought to market in a viable way. Many of these products and services have hundreds of millions in venture capital backing them; others have been entirely bootstrapped by their developers.
As universities and schools increase their use of data analytics for initiatives related to student retention and academic performance, the amount of data they collect is growing, which worries security experts. In higher education, in addition, the presence of intellectual property related to corporate and government research also is attractive to hackers.