The first is that technology has the capacity to disrupt systems. For all the hope and hype that technologies can enable major organizational changes in educational systems through personalization, unbundling, or information access, the reality is that culture domesticates new technologies. New apps, software, and devices are put in the service of existing structures and systems, rather than rearranging them. The most widely adopted education technologies are those that add a little efficiency to existing practices in school systems.
Learners, they reason, want to be able to access educational material and resources whenever they can grab a few minutes of free time. They want to be able to study on the train, during their lunch break, in bed, in the elevator. But some adventurous eLearning innovators have gone a step sideways. Instead of designing their material for any device, they’re choosing just one. Mobile only education technology is springing up as the latest attempt to bring eLearning to everyone.
To close the skills gap and provide long-term employability, we in higher education must continue to offer a broad-based education in which digital skills are not developed within a single set of courses, but rather throughout the entire curriculum and the wider array of co-curricular experiences.
Initially, people believed Chromebooks were good for surfing the internet and little else, but that mindset has been shown to be incorrect.
Max Ventilla sold investors on a promise to build modern, technology-infused schools that would revolutionize education. The former Google executive convinced Mark Zuckerberg and prominent venture capitalists to commit $175 million to his startup, AltSchool.
Bloomington Schools have mastered the one-to-one concept. That means one laptop for every student in the district. “Grades 3 through 12, every student is carrying a device," says Weisser. Digital content is much cheaper than text books, saving school districts thousands. It's immediate, adaptable and accessible outside of school walls. After three years of implementation, Weisser says he’s seen changes in the students with the technology.
Video technologies’ continue to have a profound impact on K-12 and higher-ed classrooms as educators and students report increases in achievement, engagement and active content creation, according to a new survey from Kaltura. Ninety-nine percent of institutions report they have teachers regularly incorporating video technologies in their curriculum.
Education technology is evolving, and this is a magnificent thing. It manages to provide us with that power and experience that everyone wanted to have as a young child. But integrating various new education technology trends to the table does seem to be quite challenging, especially with so many unique ideas offered on the market.
Education technology like apps and mobile devices have been proven to be really effective in improving student outcomes and enhancing engagement in the classroom. To make the most of classroom tech, educators need training and professional development. These four organizations can help.
As K-12 schools attempt to close the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills gap, federal support for such programs is key. Under President Obama, there was Computer Science for All, an initiative designed to give schools support and funding to provide opportunities for underrepresented students.