I’ll bet you’ve read something about technology and learning recently. You may have read that device use enhances learning outcomes. Or perhaps you’ve read that screen time is not good for kids. Maybe you’ve read that there’s no link between adolescents’ screen time and their well-being. Or that college students’ learning declines the more devices are present in their classrooms.
As technology makes continued inroads into education, visions of “robots in the classroom” and children staring at computer screens all day long have stirred a heated debate. On one side are opponents who fear dehumanizing education out of concern that technology could replace teachers. On the other are those who want to implement technology everywhere, as if EdTech can solve every problem.
It is imperative that educators find new ways to incorporate technology to stay current. This can be done by considering tools and applications that will not only enhance a students’ educational experience but also support teaching and learning. We offer three tools/applications that supports this notion here.
Blockchain technology is revolutionizing different areas of our society including educational systems. Students and educators at the high school and university levels are reaping benefits from exciting new blockchain technology applications. We are going to discuss five ways blockchain will improve education in the near future.
The 2019 expert panel agreed on two long-term trends: rethinking how institutions work, and modularized and disaggregated degrees. These long-term trends indicate an expected evolution in the way higher education approaches its mission, as well as a trend toward increased student control over individual learning pathways.
A period of ten years is enough to see a major shift in any aspect of life. And that includes education. Of all the features that will impact the future of education, technology indisputably has the upper hand. It is already happening, but further improvements will definitely be expected as technology is increasingly being integrated into education for better learning. Here are some changes that you should expect by the end of the decade.
Kids file into their classroom, nervous to meet the new teacher. But anxiety and apprehension quickly turn to curiosity and surprise when they see who it is -- more accurately, what it is. Greeting them is Robin, a 23-inch-tall humanoid robot with a friendly expression on its facsimile-of-a-face.
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.