Education technology has many faces. A prominent one has long been computer-assisted language learning, offering great promise for struggling readers, non-English speakers, or those seeking to master a second tongue. And, in recent years, the technology has raced ahead. No longer do students simply repeat what they hear through headphones or get instruction from a computer screen--now they can talk to ROBOTS.
The newest craze in tech is 5G wireless speeds. All the major carriers are racing to be the first to upgrade their coverage speed, investing up to $1 trillion to develop infrastructure for nationwide 5G by 2020. But while our nation focuses on developing cutting-edge cell speed, we’re leaving behind a far more important need: preparing our students for the new economy.
Students today are looking for fast, secure wireless connectivity -- a factor that can influence their choice of which college to attend, the report noted. "With student expectations for 'always on' WiFi for any device anywhere, campus networks have become one of the most challenging initiatives for universities today...
With the accelerating pace of new technologies for the classroom, the Consortium for School Networking wants to help schools overcome hurdles in adopting new innovations. A new report from CoSN identifies the top five technology enablers that will help K-12 institutions find more expansive opportunities and solutions in education.
It’s a pivotal time for the education technology sector and for school districts across America struggling to adapt ed tech, artificial intelligence and new models for blended learning. For the ed tech sector, the pressure of expectations is only exceeded by a track record of disappointment. Education technology companies have made great strides in building technology solutions to improve learning outcomes.
Technology is disrupting everything from healthcare and banking to transportation and printing. Now it's gunning for that staple of childhood: blocks. For a lot of kids in 2019, actual blocks on the floor have been replaced by virtual blocks on a screen. And instead of using them to build castles, they're using them to learn coding courtesy of a LEGO-inspired programming language called Scratch.
Leadership of any kind is stressful. What if you could train for leadership using a set of tools and data that could help you take calculated risks without endangering anyone? According to a McKinsey Quarterly article, artificial intelligence may have the “potential to help you lead with clarity, specificity, and creativity.”
As California focuses its attention on technology instruction, there is likely to be pushback. Across the country, a heated debate continues about the role of technology in the classroom. This is an age-old argument, which often goes something like this: Reliance on technology hurts learning, weakens students’ minds, and undermines teachers’ hold on their attention.
Voice software has colonized smartphones, car dashboards and the living room. If the technology follows the trail blazed by tablet and cloud computing, the next frontier may be the classroom.
Initiatives to provide every schoolchild with a laptop or tablet computer have, to date, been well-publicized failures. And perhaps they were bad ideas to begin with. Computers can certainly be effective tools for teaching children of certain ages specific subjects. But a large new study suggests their presence in the classroom is far from universally positive.