Instead of prioritizing technology first, we need to teach students how to think and adapt, how to communicate and ask questions. Childhood is a cherished, sacred time — one for sparking imagination. Indeed, the purpose of K-12 education has expanded beyond offering just content and now entails equipping students with life skills.
“The best things in life are free, but students want technology. And they want their instructors to use more of it in their courses,” the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2017 reported. “Resistance is futile. Students’ preferences for courses that assimilate both face-to-face instructional components with technological features of the online environment continue to gain momentum across higher education.”
Once considered a distraction and banned from classrooms, cellphones have become a key technological tool in education. So much so, thousands of cell phones are being given out free to Miami-Dade high school students to boost their studying and connect with teachers.
Cyberlearning researchers envision and investigate the future of learning with technology. As of summer 2017, the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (CFTL) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) had made 279 research grant awards. In addition, several hundred other NSF research projects have cyberlearning themes. Many of these cyberlearning projects are in the exploratory stage or aim at capacity building, consistent with the goal of expanding frontiers. These projects typically do not aim to produce market-ready products or prove efficacy.
People researching education technology and learning science -- cyberlearning -- populate the landscape. A new report from the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning has undertaken the ambitious project of sifting through what those researchers are exploring to uncover the major trends and help us understand where education -- pre-K-12 and post-secondary -- may be headed over the next decade or two.
New research in the latest issue of Education Next does an elegant job of capturing the perils of ed tech.
Whether you are looking for the best Bluetooth earbuds to listen to the latest lecture that you recorded or you simply need a more sophisticated calculator, you know that certain gadgets are imperative to streamlining the education process. Learning more about how certain gadgets can benefit you when you are learning will help you to make sure that you have the ones that you need to get the most out of the material that you are studying.
“Are you ready for your security breach? No longer is it a matter of if or when. It is simply going to happen. It may have already happened and you just don’t know it.” That’s Ryan Cloutier, an edtech security specialist, framing the security challenge for educational institutions with implacable candor.
When teachers used digital educational games in the classroom, students raised test scores by more than half a letter grade in only three weeks, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and partners at Legends of Learning, a research-driven educational game platform.
Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies.