Dr. Michael Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, was relatively sure he knew the answer to this research question: “When making, purchasing and/or adoption decisions regarding a new technology-based product for your district or school, how important is the existence of peer-reviewed research to back the product?” Nevertheless, as part of the Edtech Research Efficacy Symposium held earlier this year, Kennedy created a research team and gathered the data. But, to his surprise, the results challenged conventional wisdom.
With amazing technological progress being the staple of our generation, it’s only natural for both well-established companies, as well as start-ups to introduce students to new ways of learning. This list contains the 10 most promising technology trends that will improve education as we know it.
The internet has changed the way humans do -- well, almost everything. For instance, instead of physically giving five bucks to a friend for buying coffee, one can Venmo them. Social circles are connected through Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and so on. Even grocery shopping can be done online thanks to Amazon. So why wouldn’t education follow this trend of improving the way in which humans live and interact?
More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, according to the latest Digital Learning Compass report. With on-campus course enrollment on the decline and online enrollment increasing, colleges can use the latest in tech to boost student learning opportunities and reap financial benefits.
It's important to have a good understanding of the expectations and commitment required to successfully earn a degree online before starting your education. Most notably, being aware of the support structure at the university will be essential. Online students may interact with support staff via videoconferencing, phone, email or other means. If you are planning to pursue an online degree, here are five questions you should consider asking the online school's enrollment adviser as you compare programs.
Technology is a huge part of modern life. Everyone’s got a smart phone or tablet, and it seems like internet access is never more than a click away. This is the environment in which your children are growing up and one that most parents just aren’t sure how to deal with quite yet. Fortunately, you don’t have to be terrified of raising your child in the digital age.
Are today’s MOOCs akin to the first generation of smart phones? Is edX / Coursera circa 2017 comparable to original (and largely forgotten) touch screen mobile phone / communications & computing device - the 1994 IBM Simon? There is a possibility that for all the wonderful benefits of open online education - and there are many - that MOOCs are an idea that is ahead of our time.
Technology has disrupted industry after industry, changing the landscape and usually resulting in lower costs to consumers. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft and the lodging app Airbnb are just a few examples. So here's an interesting question -- is technology, in the form of online courses, about to dramatically lower the soaring cost of higher education?
Just as they have in manufacturing, defense, aerospace, transportation and dozens of other industries, robots and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing how humans teach and learn. Manifestations of robotic and AI teaching technology can already be seen in the educational sphere.
The Education Week survey found 59 percent of fourth-grade math teachers in high-poverty schools had received training within the past two years on integrating technology into instruction, compared to 69 percent for the wealthiest schools. The difference “may be fueling a new digital divide that threatens to exacerbate long-standing inequities and separate education’s haves and have-nots along new fault lines,” the researchers wrote.