How technology is changing the face of education
Three examples of technology changing traditional educational practices.
There are a lot of different opinions on what needs to be done in the world of education – some like it how it is, others think it should be tweaked, and then there are those like me who believe we need to completely start over. Wipe it away and reimagine what education and technology mean to us and how we can utilize that.
The MIT Technology Review sums it up nicely,
Tectonic Shifts in Employment (where) information technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created.
This is not the only reason we change the education system, obviously, there are still many things we can teach the growing brains of the country, but the education system we are using now is based on pre-Internet living – where information wasn’t readily available and where we weren’t prepping for a future of AI.
That is a big conversation, however, and one I’m probably not qualified to rant about. But what I can do is highlight some of the innovative companies that are changing the way education is experienced, because, well, I’m a tech writer.
HappyNumbers is one company looking to change how the classroom utilizes technology and small group learning – something we should really be pushing in schools. The service acts as an independent math center for children, while the teacher is focused elsewhere. Personalized learning at scale. The system uses a form of AI that will look at a children’s answers determine the best course of action for correction and what should be focused on. As CEO Evgeny Milyutin tells Vator,
We believe that AI will help make teaching human again. The reality is that high-stakes standardized testing is one of the main reasons why up to 50% of teachers have considered quitting their job altogether. AI is not going to replace teachers – in contrast, it is going to make it easier for them to achieve their original goal of inspiring students and impacting their futures.
This one is a bit different. Students take a lot of notes, and some are better at it than others. First graders all the way up to college-level students share notes. StudySoup wants to give college students a way to profit off of their notes by selling them to other students through the use of an online marketplace. It’s strange, yes, but how many times did you understand the subject material better after a peer explained it to you in comparison to the teacher? It happens, due to the natural disconnect between students and teachers.
This one is a bit different but could prove very interesting in the years to come. So, Proxeus is a blockchain company that allows others to easily build blockchain-based applications – kind of like the WordPress of blockchain. Well, recently they managed (in under 100 hours no less) to issue certificates for the “Bitcoin, Blockchain und Kryptoassets” course run by the University of Basel’s Center of Innovative Finance (CIF). They were able to register the students’ academic records directly on the blockchain, making CIF the first institution in Switzerland (and possibly the world) to use blockchain to secure their academic credentials from fraud.