When it comes to education technology, it can be hard for higher-education leaders to separate fads from paradigm shifts: MOOCs rose and fell, but learning analytics are now a part of campus life. Each year the “NMC Horizon Report,” a blend of prognostication and analysis by a panel of experts, tries to sort it all out.
Amesite, an AI software company, can spot when a student is most efficient studying for their exams, and then send a notification alerting them when the best time to study is. The company’s CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, said the software is “delivering information that helps the experience be better and helps the education be more effective.”
To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year.
Rachel Stickland’s two children have been the victims of data breaches -- not once, but twice. Last year, their information was stolen when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was hacked. One month later, it happened again when the education technology platform Edmodo was penetrated. Stickland was particularly upset about the Edmodo incident because she found out about it from a news report, rather than from the company or her children’s school.
There is an emergence of educational organizations that are addressing this problem by reaching girls from a very young age. Platforms like Girls Who Code, Girls Learning Code, and Kode With Klossy offer girls in K-12 the opportunity to learn how to code while receiving mentorship from female leaders in technology. These programs have already reached hundreds of thousands of girls in North America alone.
For teachers with the latest smartboard or new Chromebooks for students, installing the technology is not the end of the process, it’s the very beginning. Once the classroom is connected, it can be difficult to determine how best to integrate these new tools into daily classroom activities.
While the debate regarding how much screen time is appropriate for children rages on among educators, psychologists, and parents, it’s another emerging technology in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning that is beginning to alter education tools and institutions and changing what the future might look like in education.
Educators are utilizing education technology to repurpose old trailers and buses to create mobile education spaces, classrooms on wheels where students are able to experience what STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has to offer.
In spite of the fact the EdTech market is predicted to reach $252 Billion by 2020 and that over $1 billion was invested in the sector in the US this year alone, many promising initiatives in the sector fail to make any real lasting impact. This is something that Vikas Pota is looking to change by putting education at the heart of the technology discussion.
Unlike eight years ago when I had to explain what the cloud was to our prospects and customers, college administrators are now more comfortable with the notion that cloud-based applications are secure, support strategic initiatives -- such as reducing expenses to keep tuition affordable -- and can transform the student journey.