Moving Towards Digital Classrooms- Technology Challenges and Digital Insights- Dilip MehtaPresentation Transcript
CONVERSATIONS ON EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN AMERICA 1700 - 2006
What If . . .
Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!
Teacher’s Conference 1703
Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?
Principal’s Association 1815
Students today depend too much upon ink . They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil . Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.
National Association of Teachers 1907
Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries
We can’t let them use calculators in middle school. If we do, they’ll forget how to do long division or how to multiply three digit numbers by three digit numbers. What will they do when they don’t have access to a calculator?
Middle School Math Teacher 1989
Why would you ever want the Internet for student use? It’s just the latest fad – have them use the library .
District Education Employee 1995
Teachers will never use email
Teachers of District Committee 1996
What can you do with an LCD Projector that you can’t do with an overhead projector ?
Member of School Committee 1999
Why would I want to put my grades on the web ? Who’s going to look at them?
I don’t think Schools will have a wireless network at anytime soon.
Computer Teacher 2005
Turn off and put away all Cell Phones , iPods , and Electronic Devices during class!
Signs around American schools 2006
What If . . . We’d listened?
Cloud Computing Now schools are looking to outsource significant parts of their infrastructure, such as email and backups, to cloud providers. Together, these developments have contributed considerably to the adoption of cloud computing approaches at K-12 schools across the globe.
Mobiles Mobiles, especially Smartphone and tablets, enable ubiquitous access to information, social networks tools for learning and productivity, and hundreds of thousands of software tools that make use of their * Accelerometers * Compasses * Cameras * Microphones * GPS * and other sensors
Game-based learning Games for education span the range from single-player or small-group card and board games all the way to massively multiplayer online games and alternate reality games. Those at the first end of the spectrum are easy to integrate into the curriculum, and have long been an option in many schools
Open content Is the current form of a movement that began a decade ago, when universities such as MIT began to make their course content freely available. Ten years later, school have also begun to share a significant amount of curricula, resources and learning materials. The open content movement is increasingly a response to the rising costs of education, to provide access to learning in areas where such access is difficult
Learning analytics Analytic techniques to study students engagement, performance, and progress in practice, with the goal of using what is learned to revise curricula, teaching and assessment in real time. Building on the kinds of information generated by Google Analytics and other similar tools
Personal Learning Environments Refer to student-designed learning approaches that encompass different types of content – videos, applications, games, social media tools and more. Chosen by students to match his or her personal learning style and pace. The goal is for students to have more control over how they learn and for teachers to set expectations that their students will be more engaged in understanding and applying their learning strategies
What are the Challenges for us
Abundance of Resource The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators
High Cost Cost for new technologies are continuously increasing
Trained Staff Very few talented people are entering the education sector
Gap between Demand & Technology upgradation The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices
Learners have increasing opportunities to take their education into their own hands, and options like informal education, online education, and home-based learning are attracting students away from traditional educational settings