On any given day, students nationwide are deep-sea diving, observing medical operations, even swimming through the human circulatory system using gadgets that are becoming increasingly accessible in both cost and content. At the least, teachers say, it's another way to engage the iPhone generation of students. At best, it can enhance their understanding and improve their grades.
Eight hundred-plus universities are part of the MOOC movement, wooing some 78 million students to their online classes, according to Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah. However, there were fewer first-time MOOC students taking free classes in 2017 than in 2016 -- 20 million vs. 23 million. One reason, suggested Sha, is that there's a rise in the number of paying users.
In today’s technology-driven world, where more and more people are joining the debate about, what is personalized learning? Let’s discuss the traditional and the personalized way of learnings. Personalized learning is the learning through technology, the technology that can offer new tools which are powerful and well-designed, which can help teachers and students to customize their own ways of new learning.
In "Rewiring Education: How Can Technology Unlock Every Student's Potential," John D. Couch, Apple’s first vice president of education, provides an inside look at the company’s vision for the role technology has played in education, and the opportunities and obstacles that lie ahead.
Teaching and learning can no longer be extricated from conversations about apps and devices; and yet, the issue in education has never been about the medium - whether iPad, pencil, or quill and ink. Instead of thinking about technology as a thing, we need to consider it as a system.
This generation of students is beyond tech-savvy and could be described as tech-innate. Since this group has grown up in a high-tech society, they think spatially and in 4D, which is different than past generations. As digital leaders, it is important to cultivate systemic conditions in education that support and nurture a growth mindset for these students, while allowing them to utilize their technical expertise.
There’s been a surge of staggering evidence claiming the growth of online education hinders the success of students who need it the most: Less proficient students who are in need of face-to-face time with skilled educators. These types of students tend to take more online coursework and do significantly worse than students who took the same class in a traditional setting.
Last month, a pair of Apple shareholders demanded in an open letter that the company address growing concerns about children's addiction to their products. In light of research on the detrimental effects of electronic-media use, investment firm JANA Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System argued, parents need better resources to make sure children are using devices "in an optimal manner."
We must either: integrate technology or support teachers; teach traditionally or personalize learning; support districts or support charters; fund edtech or fund schools; individualize learning or humanize instruction. As oversimplified as the above statements may seem, recent public discourse around ongoing trends in K-12 education has fallen into this trap of two-sided, black-and-white debates.
Kajeet, the industry leader for safe, mobile student Internet connectivity, today announced results from its recent survey exploring how Internet-enabled devices are used in classrooms. Kajeet collected feedback from 451 school administrators across the country, discovering the latest about Internet and device use inside and outside the classroom, mobile device and classroom management tools, and other technologies being used by schools around the country.