From Siri handling our schedules to smart cars driving themselves, artificial intelligence (AI) has turned our world upside down -- except in education. Computers are trading on the stock markets for us, but our schools might as well be stuck in the 12th century. Children sit in the same orderly rows they have for centuries, learning Euclidean geometry while being bored to tears.
Oxley explained how he uses technology to help students express their ideas within his classroom. “Some of my students are a little apprehensive in a traditional classroom situation,” Oxley said. “If I open up discussion and put questions on our Canvas site, they might be apprehensive in person, but they feel completely comfortable so they write wonderful responses to questions and discussions online.” Scott Allen, the Center for Teaching and Learning instructional designer, agrees that technology has become a key part of the traditional classroom.
An education technology company with literacy products has launched a free online tool to help teachers apply a blended learning model in their classrooms, whether they're running a 1-to-1 program or having students share devices. ThinkCERCA released the "Classroom Planning Tool" specifically to help users figure out how to implement its own software, but the models provided in the tool could really be used with other curricula as well.
There is no denying that governments around the world are expanding investments in education technology, from inputs that students use directly (like Kenya’s project to put tablets in schools) to digital resources to improve the education system (like Rio de Janeiro’s school management system). As public and private school systems continue to integrate technology into their classrooms, remember that education technology comes with risks.
College and opportunity have always been intertwined, yet the relationship can be paradoxical. Education has been called the silver bullet to poverty. As an extension of that, higher education can be assumed to offer egalitarian opportunity. David Leonhardt’s article titled “America’s Great Working-Class Colleges” gives me pause about this relationship, and, as always, technology both solves and exacerbates the problem.
The global online tutoring market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 14% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global online tutoring market for 2017-2021. By type of courses offered, this market is divided into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and language segments.
Schools love Chromebooks, so Google for Education has launched two new models they can choose from: the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213. Both devices have touchscreen displays and come with a low-cost stylus that resembles #2 pencils kids can use to take notes. The stylus has an eraser just like a real pencil does, though its version obviously deals with digital mistakes.
How can one dislike educational technology but also love online learning? Simple. Technology has - at least until now - been more of a force for ill than for good in higher education. Our edtech tribe has consistently over-promised and under-delivered on the potential and benefits of technology. We have done too little to put the educator at the center of our efforts.
Currently pursuing a master's degree in horticultural sciences at North Carolina State University -- Raleigh, Ammons juggles her education with raising her children. Luckily, she says, she can enroll on a part-time basis, often completing about seven credit hours each term. But experts say online programs vary in how they structure their academic calendars and course schedules for each term - an important consideration for online students, who are also often busy with a job or family responsibilities.
Even as the technology-driven march of progress continues to reshape industries from automakers to financial service providers, the forces of innovation come to a screeching halt at the doors of most schools. Instead of using data to personalize instruction, most educators adopt a one-size-fits-all strategy that fails all but the most “average” child.