What’s Next in Education?

It’s no secret that technology and innovation have drastically revolutionized the education model that we know today. Both K-12 and higher education have been disrupted with new interactive boards in the classroom and computers and tablets in the hands of most students and teachers. The learning experience for students now would be unrecognizable to students decades ago. Moving from pen and paper, many students and teachers read textbooks on their computers, tablets, or mobile devices. Similarly, teachers are able to monitor students’ progress in various subjects through the technology. There is no question education has already been affected, but the question is “What’s next?” An article was written called “5 Ways Technology is Disrupting Education.” Technology has already become interactive and personalized to the students wants and needs. If a student is struggling with a particular subject, the teacher can identify the area and work with the student to ensure that they succeed and better understand the material. Additionally, the new impact of this disruption encourages more collaboration among students and teachers.

An interesting point that was also addressed in the article was how students are more social and so is their learning. YouTube and other platforms are where most people gain most of their news or are able to find videos to learn a variety of things. Ted-Ed and Khan Academy are some of the many resources that are available to students to gain a better understanding of topics that they are learning in class or for recreational purposes. Because access to technology is so easy, students can learn where ever they want, when ever they want. An absence does not cause the student to be behind because they will still be connected to the lesson and associated homework.

With technology like this at the tip of their fingers, the learning is continuous and easy to access. IBM’s new effort, Watson, allows students to ask questions and receive information tailored to their needs. This is a new way for students to be connected with what they need.

Moving forward, the question is not only what is next in education, but how will we adapt and capitalize on this new way of learning?

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3 Responses to What’s Next in Education?

  1. Robert Sheran November 15, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    One of the articles of my choosing is called, “What’s Next in Education?” written by Sophia Joseph. This article discusses the fact that the classroom settings, from grades kindergarten to twelfth grade and even higher education, has become “revolutionized” through drastic changes to the educational model. When labelling these new learning experiences, Joseph uses words to discuss the new technologies used in a classroom setting as “unrecognizable’ and as a “disruption.” At this point in the article I would have to agree with the exact words that she uses to discuss this new form of information. When I was young, I was fortunate enough to use textbooks, notebooks, paper, and pens as opposed to iPads, computers, and tablets. Using myself as an experiment I would have to say that I prefer to learn without these kinds of technologies. It truly is a disruption because it gives any student easy access to anything on the internet. It is easy to fall astray from ones work and cause a distraction to ones learning.
    Not only do I believe that it is a distraction to have these technologies in a classroom setting, but I also believe that it can be viewed as an invasion of privacy. Ones teacher is able to easily access any student’s laptop at any given moment and view their content, especially when it is provided through the school. Although teachers may also have easy access to student’s homework or class work to comprehend student’s disabilities in certain areas, it also gives them the power to view everything else, such as personal information, as well.
    Joseph also mentions that in a specific article called, “5 Ways Technology is Disrupting Education”, it discusses the fact that students are more social along with their learning. I believe that this is a completely false statement as well. If anything, technology would definitely seem to make students more anti-social. The internet gives students an excuse to not have to spark conversation with their fellow peers around them in a classroom setting or in any setting at all. For example, the cell phone. How often does one see another on their cellphone texting, blogging, or searching the web? It may look like one is more social because they have access to others through social media, but does that make them more personable to talk to in real life circumstances? I do not believe this is so. Individuals get so caught up on being able to hide behind their technologies as opposed to being able to spark a conversation face to face. For instance, when I was younger, we would knock on the doors of our friend’s houses and ask their parents if it would be alright to play. Through this simple act, I was able to develop human interaction with my peers and would have to be able to have some sort of ability to converse in person. Today, one does not have to see peers if they want to speak to them because there does not have to be any human interaction with the uses of technology. Certain technologies can truly make a person anti-social.
    Although the internet gives the students easy access to gather information quickly, this gives them an easy way out. The laziness of copying and pasting information without truly understanding the material is prevalent. Altogether, I believe that technology in a classroom, setting is a distraction, an invasion of privacy, and a reason for students to be more anti-social. I was fortunate enough to not have technology like this in a classroom setting and I believe that I have turned out just fine without it. I was able to grow up the old fashioned way and would have it no other way. I am able to put 100% in all of the work I do with a pen, paper, and a textbook without the distractions of technology which would cause me to fall astray from my true initiative.

  2. Isabel Goodman November 27, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Technology in the classroom has changed the way students and teachers interact with each other and accomplish work, as the blog post is saying. The increased access to technology has made it so information is easily found and used in order to advance in all aspects of life, especially the classroom. Smart boards have been put in classrooms worldwide and tablets have been given to many students. This technology has helped students due to the accessibility of information and also by allowing them to do some work at school and finish it at home. Everything is connected when technology is involved, even schoolwork. This ability to work from either home or school is a luxury we have now due to technology and students are beginning to realize just how crucial this is to their daily lives and how helpful it can be. Students who are struggling now can use their technology at home and at school to access supplemental help and information to further their knowledge and help them in the specific areas in which they are struggling. This frees up time for the teacher to help many more students because the students aren’t just getting their information from one source. This is highly beneficial to teachers that work alone but have dozens of students in one class. Technology also helps them by allowing them to publish grades faster and directly to the students and their parents. All throughout my lower education we had websites that showed us our grades. The teacher would grade and those grades would be accessible to anyone who had the username and password. This helps parents who wish to see their child’s grade. Before a student could simply not show their parents their grades, and if they were failing then the parents would have no idea and could not help them. Now parents are more aware and the students who are struggling have the ability to get help in the subject areas that they need to get help in. technology is a way to bring people together as we have seen through social media, blogs such as this one, and now in schools worldwide. The implementation of technology has changed the way students interact with each other, their teachers, and their parents. The only downside however is the interpersonal communication detriment that happens when technology is involved. When technology is introduced, it is crucial that everything is not technology-centered. If every single thing involves electronics then students lose the ability to talk to one another and can only communicate via the Internet. Schools must be wary of this and implement traditional classroom practices in addition to the online and technology-centered ones. When everything comes together and there is a balance, the students become well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the future and develop the skills they need to succeed.

  3. Thomas Batelli March 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Technology is reaching bigger heights than it ever has before; It’s actually quite intimidating to think that technology has as large of a grasp over our evolution and future. We rely on technology in many ways such as transportation, communication, entertainment, and of course, education. Education itself is a science, and until we are fully equipped with all of the right materials to aid significant intelligence progression in all of mankind, it will continue to slowly advance. However, there is still a lot to be said about current day education. Some may not agree with the system and standardization, but the advancements we have made just simply in our educational tools speak for it.

    Just over the past ten years alone, the Internet has assisted the perspective of everything. The instant gratification we can receive is impeccable, as we are never left without an answer to a question. Technology has allowed us to have the world at our fingertips, although some people feel otherwise. As there is always two sides to every story, the other perspective of this would be that the information is not always factual, and a lot of people are actually uneducated through their means of information. Remember the importance of “fact-checking” when you were in elementary school writing papers? Nowadays, you can receive more “information” from just scrolling through Facebook. Scary, isn’t it?

    However, there are still tools that are extremely exponential. I personally have utilized Khan academy, in college and back in high school. Khan Academy is an educational online free program where students can watch videos and tutorials on how to complete a variety of different statistic equations, chemistry formulas, anatomy questions, biology questions etc. It is extremely beneficial to the hands on learner, as they can replay the videos and work along with them as they go. The videos also illustrate different ways to complete, depending on your ability and the extra steps you may need. On the other hand, sometimes you just need to hear it from another perspective in order to understand it on a level that is parallel to yours.

    With that being said, students have access to materials they never have before. You can complete bachelors programs and masters programs online with a certain amount of college credits. Education is so accessible to us here in the United States, but sadly not too many other places in the world. Although efforts are being made to reach third world countries in this way, it’s a process that will take time. However, this dissociation is detrimental to the ability to access all different peoples, with different perspectives and worldviews. If there is no diversity and culture, we as more privileged, will lose sight of what really matters. Everyone deserves education and with the proper tools and effort, we can reach everyone. All in all, technology has come a long way and it can be assured it still has an even longer way to go.

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