The internet and a connected device no longer are luxuries or even nice-to-haves. Connectivity is fundamental to living life today -- for earning an education, finding a job and being a civic-minded citizen. Today, however, we are failing millions of schoolchildren who lack access.
In the 2016 K-12 Horizon Report, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) explore short- and long-term trends in education, with a focus on how current and emerging technology in education will change learning in years to come. The report reveals that after many years of integrating technology into the classroom, the changes needed to make it effective in improving education are finally being enacted.
Even students who find it difficult to attend classroom activities are now getting a chance to access high quality education. Online learning platforms, podcasts and even a chance to chat with a lecturer via an app are giving students an opportunity to “attend” a school that’s located far away or that’s too expensive.
The microscopes allow items to be magnified up to 80 times their original image size. The images produced can then be displayed on up to three different mobile devices via the microscopes' wireless capabilities. Students can take pictures or record video using the microscopes' downloadable application.
Apple has dominated the classroom for more than three decades but Google has given it a run for its money when it entered the education market. Although both companies target the same types of consumers, Google's strategy seemed to work and toppled Apple from the top.
Most educators still rely on tradition and rules of thumb, rather than use evidenced-based tools and methods to advance student achievement. And most administrators still make decisions, often inaccurately, based on assumptions and intuition, rather than use detailed metrics and analytics to manage schools efficiently and fairly.
Teaching and learning have taken on a whole new dimension due to the major impact of technology in schools. Teachers now have a medium to communicate effectively with one another and share ideas to better their teaching skills. They now have a pool of endless resources they can utilize to offer students the assistance they need to develop their ability and advance.
The data presented here are from a large scale, nationally-representative survey of African American youth (ages 11 to 17) and their parents, supplemented and informed by a series of ten focus groups with African American parents and youth across the country (for more information on the demographics of the survey and focus group samples, please see the Methodology).
One advantage of using technology in teaching, according to Goel's experience, is that one can teach students faster. He once noticed that the virtual students kept asking the same question, so he introduced a new assistant to the class: an AI computer program named Jill Watson. Being an AI, Watson is able to answer all the students' questions faster than a human, and can respond to inquiries anytime of any day. Goel said he hopes that teachers will be able to use AI for their own on- and off- classroom activities, too.
One local college student, Jack Sergent, 23, who majors in media arts and animation at the Art Institute in Novi, takes a mix of online and in-class courses. He said, “I use (technology) constantly from logging in to take classes online to using Photoshop, After Effects and 3D software as well.” Sergent uses many devices for schoolwork, including his smartphone, his DSLR camera for video recording and photography, his custom-built personal computer for editing, rendering and modeling using different software, and the tablets at school for the same reasons.