An increasing number of K–12 schools are bringing drones into the classroom as new use cases show how useful unmanned vehicles can be to teach science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills. While students are excited at the idea of flying robots in class, teachers will need support systems to learn how to incorporate the new technology into their lesson plans.
As many as one in five U.S. children have learning and attention challenges, and 11 percent of college students have a learning impairment. This is not an insignificant number, and yet the number of digital textbooks that are in compliance with web accessibility standards established by the W3C is still far less than ideal. With the funding of the U.S. Department of Education, a Palo Alto based non-profit organization launched the Global Certified Accessible (GCA) program to help publishers meet the accessibility standards, ensuring that digital educational content is accessible to all.
In a Kansas community some students and parents have rebeled against the web based education program, Summit learning. The resistance in Kansas is part of mounting nationwide opposition to Summit, which began trials of its system in public schools four years ago. Silicon Valley has tried to remake American education in its own image for years, even as many in tech eschew gadgets and software at home and flood into tech-free schools. Summit has been part of the leading edge of the movement, but the rebellion raises questions about a heavy reliance on tech in public schools.
As edtech is developing and getting into schools at a rapid pace, the fear of software replacing teachers is baseless as technology cannot answer the critical components needed by students to thrive:
-Technology can’t provide higher-order feedback,
-Technology can’t get to know a student (beyond some basic data collected), and
-Technology can’t care about a student.
And nevertheless can teachers with the time constraints they face on a daily basis. Hence the importance of edtech to amplify teachers’ capacity to accomplish those tasks better, delegating lower-order work to software.
A Brooklyn school’s commitment to personalized learning draws double the portion of special ed students as its local district.
The school is designed to be as broadly supportive as possible. Every student gets small-group instruction for two hours each day. It’s the norm at Brooklyn Lab, whether students are behind or not. Because students spend so much of the day in small groups, educators have plenty of opportunities to coach students who are behind, without making it obvious to their peers that they’re doing so. Personalized instruction is key to making that possible.
Pearson Education, one of the largest education companies in the world, has vowed to donate $50 million to fund the next-generation of educational technology companies.
However, many educators are skeptical of this influx of capital, assuming that corporations and private entities ultimately want to exploit a market and profit off of education. Others believe that this search for efficiency is worthwhile, and a positive force for innovation in the industry.
Laura Truncellito- Laura is the founder and CEO of Language Scholars, LLC, a company which seeks to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance global learning and communication. firstname.lastname@example.org
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