Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete. Technologists from Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs, almost a century apart, have predicted their demise. The newest voices in that choir come from Bill and Melinda Gates, who declared that “textbooks are becoming obsolete” in their 2019 annual letter.
With technology becoming a cornerstone of how many schools operate, the risks of getting hacked multiplies, and defending against cyber attacks becomes an important part of any strategic plan. A new report from the IBM X-Force finds attackers are drawn to the education sector owing to the sensitive nature of some emerging research projects and personally identifiable information on students, faculty and organizations associated with universities and schools.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to capture, aggregate, and analyze data from several different sources to build a student learning profile. In the past, the only way to measure what students have learned was through tests, written and oral exams and assignments. However, these methods ignore much of what a student has assimilated over the years.
Online courses are often discussed in terms of opening opportunities for students in disparate locations. But instructors are increasingly seizing opportunities to teach from their homes or other locations convenient to their needs, if their institutions let them.
For two decades, technology seduced us, sleek devices and clever apps promising us a better, tech-enabled life. Tech would liberate, enlighten, and most of all, connect us. Now that dream has shattered. The fevered claims of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and Wired magazine futurists now seem naïve, reckless. Tech-utopia is over. Is “personalized learning” and ed tech headed for the same reckoning?
A new report from Strada Education Network offers key takeaways from last fall's Online Student Success Symposium, a two-day workshop focused on challenges, innovative practices and future opportunities in online learning.
Despite the current and past climate in education, I am seeing cultural change, attitudes change, and mindsets change toward education technology. Conservative communities finally understand Edtech is not trying to replace teachers, and that the internet is not a dangerous territory that pollutes young minds. And this cultural change has enabled a healthier and friendlier ecosystem for startups to innovate.
In addition to computers, students of today often have access to such tech as smart boards and tablets as learning aids. In fact, technology has become so integrated into education that many are looking to once-futuristic, now realistic tech such as augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR) to lead the way in the next-generation classroom.
My answer is a yes and a no. It depends on what your job really is. Technology should change the way we work in a positive way. We all want our students to be in the lead and learn and use cutting edge technology so that when they are in the workforce they can be effective and current. So why not model this type of behavior as an adult?
Education has not had a make-over in over a century. Some schools still advocate for factory-style instruction. Bureaucratic red tape and top-down initiatives consume teachers’ time, leaving little left for instruction. No industry is more ready for a revolution than education. The fourth revolution in education is here, and it’s called artificial intelligence. AI is taking schools and classrooms by storm as educators welcome AI with open arms. Artificial intelligence has the potential to change education for the better.