As the scourge of ransomware continues unabated, K–12 education increasingly falls victim. As of December, at least 283 U.S. public schools and districts have reported cybersecurity incidents in the nearly two years since January 2016, according to the EdTech Strategies’ K-12 Cyber Incident map.
Risk one is the invasion of student privacy, utilizing data by tech companies collected when students are online. The story of inBloom is a cautionary tale. Funded in 2014 with $100 million from the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom intended to collect massive amounts of personally identifiable student data and use it to “personalize” learning to each student.
As a new year commences, many educators wonder what’s on the minds of technology leaders and what they see ahead for edtech in 2018. While new classroom technologies and digital learning platforms will continue to proliferate, the education sector may also start to notice shifts within institutions on tech-related cultural issues, sources in the field say.
Virtual reality plays a significant role in the education field or sector. It makes it easier for students to comprehend what they are being taught and also allows them to live the reality. Virtual reality opens up many opportunities in the educational system.
Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better. Here’s some of what we learned about the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing new technologies to address educational equity.
Education is all about information--which means that any time there’s an evolution or a development in technology, there’s an effect on the education space. And top edtech stories from 2017 have been about anything, it’s been about the change in the way that information is being delivered and organized...
Amid sustained growth in an education technology sector competing to put innovative digital tools in front of students, some educators are lamenting a disconnect between the products entrepreneurs are offering and what schools actually need – a rare criticism of an industry often lauded as vital to maximizing student learning potential.
Voice command platforms from Amazon, Google and Microsoft are creating new models for learning in K-12 and higher education -- and renewed privacy concerns.
2017 has, overall year, been a remarkable year when it comes to education technology. In the sphere of eLearning, countless businesses, educators, and individuals not only helped to develop new education technology; they implemented it in exciting and creative ways.