It’s a race to the classroom for tech companies, but the process of sourcing technology for schools is more complicated than one might think. From difficulties in the procurement process, to large disparities in pricing and challenges when it comes to school funding, education technology is a fraught process for many school districts according to Hal Friedlander, Co-Founder and CEO of the Technology for Education Consortium.
The use of technology within education has presented great controversy since it generates a strong debate about whether technology is actually a co-helper or on the contrary hinders the learning process. The accelerated increase in the use of technology within society has led to a proliferation within institutions (both colleges and universities) changing today’s education and the way in which students as teachers communicate and interact within the classroom of class.
Code that learns is reshaping life and work on planet earth–and it is doing so at an unprecedented speed. We’re a couple years into something new and different, a new era–one that follows the information age. In this new age, almost every job has been augmented with smart machines. Some jobs are going away. Entrepreneurs will create lots of new jobs. In the past, revolutions would last a century, but now they last a generation-and this one’s just getting started.
The technologies currently in use by online programs were decidedly less cutting-edge. The top five most important technologies used for online learning today, COOs said, are the learning management system (the clear leader, cited by the vast majority of respondents), anti-plagiarism and assessment integrity tools, audio/video conferencing, lecture/video capture and management, and online assessment and proctoring.
In the interview with MSNBC and Recode for the "Revolution: Apple Changing the World" special, due for broadcast on April 6, Cook suggested programming was an important tool to learn. "You don't need a four-year college education to learn to code," he insisted, but added the existing focus on coding needs to be widened to add creativity.
While technology has drastically altered most industries in recent years, one of the biggest impacts has been in the education sector. From online courses to automating feedback and scoring, opportunities to learn are now more accessible than ever for more people across the globe.
The education-technology market has largely not been going Apple’s way in recent years, for all of its efforts to make its iPads and Macintosh computers the go-to classroom computers everywhere. Apple faces fierce competition from Chromebooks, which are Web-centric, Google-flavored laptops that are inexpensive for school districts to purchase en masse -- iPads are typically pricier -- and are a breeze for school IT managers to deploy and manage.
A nearly three-fold increase in appropriations for the Title IV-A block grant in the new federal budget means that many districts across the country can dedicate more funds to helping teachers learn how to use technology for instruction.
For years, the strategy for teaching and promoting STEM was conducted in silos, where K-12, college and university education and professional career development each focused on its own community without looking at transitions, bridging the gaps or passing the “STEM baton” from one life stage to another. Tremendous strides have been made in each focus area, yet it is still a relatively new concept to combine great accomplishments to create a cohesive life-learning recipe.
It's going to take more than saving frogs from a grisly death for Apple to take over schools. The company announced its latest iPad update at an education themed press event on Tuesday inside a Chicago public school. The flashiest news was that the $326 iPad now works with the $99 Apple Pencil stylus. Apple wants schools to buy these products at a slightly discounted rate so students can create art, immerse themselves in history and, yes, dissect virtual frogs.