The Future Of Tech In Classrooms (infographic)

An overwhelming majority of educators see the value in having technology in the classroom. Teachers love giving their students access to computers and other technology, especially when those students don’t have access to it at home. But having access to technology in classrooms is about more than just giving kids computer skills they will need for their future careers - it’s also about supplementing and personalizing their education.

Kids Need Tech Skills

Gone are the days of being able to say, “I’m not good with computers” and get away with it. Computers are a vital part of every career these days, and using them in school for school assignments gives students a chance to understand the types of tasks they will be expected to do in a real world job situation, from sending the teacher and email with an assignment attached to researching on the internet and more.

As new technologies emerge, educators work to ensure students are able to learn new things. While video doesn’t seem like an emerging technology, it is being used more often by people who may not have any cinematographic training, and in fact 86% of educators believe that students will need to have a working knowledge of video capture to succeed in future careers.

Between 1995 and 2014 the use of technology more than doubled, and students need access to technology in order to be able to succeed in their careers and beyond.

Tech Also Aids Education

While tech skills are highly necessary, tech can also be used to supplement and reshape education to make it more personalized. 98% of teachers believe that interactive video is going to be the next big milestone in education, leading to self-paced learning and greater personalization of education. A third of educators see video as a way to reach students who don’t have access to classroom learning, and video can also be used as a teaching tool to deepen a student’s knowledge base.

Artificial intelligence is also being tested for this purpose. AI chatbots can prompt lessons and help keep students on track while learning independently. This type of interaction can help students to learn independently at their own pace as it doesn’t rely on teachers to set the pace of learning. This type of supplementation can be done outside the classroom, which means not only that students who need more instruction time can get it, but also that students who want to delve deeper into a topic can do so, as well.

Examples Of AI In Education

There are already artificial intelligence programs being put to use in many education systems. Snatchbot is a chatbot that can be added to platforms like Blackboard and can be programmed to give answers to simple questions like what’s on the syllabus or when is the next test, giving students answers to basic questions without inundating teachers with emails. The Summit Learning Project is developing AI chatbots that enable students to learn at their own pace by acting as a virtual tutor. Jill Watson, developed by the IBM Watson Team, is being developed to answer students’ more complex and complicated questions, and in testing most students didn’t know she was artificial intelligence.

Ed Tech Isn’t Limited To Learning

More frequently education tech is being used to loop parents in to the classroom so they know what their kids are learning and whether there are assignments or field trip permission slips or class parties they need to know about. Apps make communication between parents and teachers seamless, and the same artificial intelligence that can give students a syllabus can also answer routine questions for parents.

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The Science and Tech Behind Next-Gen Education - Infographic

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