In its work on education, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is betting big on personalized learning. This focus sets CZI apart from many foundations piloted by living donors, which have tended to seek changes in school systems, especially by promoting choice and charters. But for the philanthropic organization started by pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, the most exciting possible goal is to revolutionize how kids learn.
Microsoft peddles laptops. Google touts services such as collaborative calendars and spreadsheet-making software.
In the space of just a few years, technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy. Through their philanthropy, they are influencing the subjects that schools teach, the classroom tools that teachers choose and fundamental approaches to learning.
Only one in seven education "insiders" (15 percent) believe that higher education tech companies are "solving the right problems." Three in 10 expect online learning to see more expansion between now and 2020 compared to any other new model or tech that could surface in education.
As education technology gains an increasing presence in American schools, the big question being asked is, “Does it work?” But as curricula and learning tools are prepared for rigorous evaluation, we should think about how existing research on teaching and learning have informed their design.
The Virtual High School, VHS, is a nonprofit organization that aims to offer the highest quality online education to the students of middle school and high school. But also for educators themselves to improve their professional skills. VHS is attempting to help teachers fill the void by offering the most advanced courses online that help their students gain knowledge of the various aspects of computer science.
From dissecting frogs without the guilty consciousnesses, taking a history class in ancient Rome, or swimming with marine animals in the Galapagos islands, VR is offering modern students a more authentic and immersive learning experience, in which they can interact with dimensional environments and place themselves in different times and locations.
Machine learning technologies in the AI field are designed in such a manner that they can interact directly with students without any human intervention, according to the report, and such technologies are capable of teaching varied subjects, such as mathematics, languages, physics, law, and medicine.
Google’s dominance as a global search engine and device-maker is well-known to everyone who uses a laptop or a smartphone -- and even those who don’t. And its foray into other industries like self-driving cars, drones, and scientific research shows the company isn’t afraid to move into new verticals. One of those verticals is K12 education.
When it comes to providing access to technology, many experts are concerned about the digital divide between high-income and low-income students, particularly in the home.