5 groups and four areas to look at when building ed tech tools
Global educational technology spending is forecast to reach $38.6 billion in the five years ending 2018, a 23 percent increase from 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by NACE. What kind of classroom technology will kids be using in the next five years? Here are five suggestions from a panel of experts at the recent Education Technology Conference.
Here are the five breakout sessions at the convention that I found to be of most interest:
Global education trends and technology: Where will we be in the next five years?
As the digital school revolution evolves, education technology vendors are creating hybrids between classroom (managed, online) and extracurricular (coding, robotics).
TechXonnect Global will explore how global, blended learning approaches can push the boundaries of education technology innovation, influencing not only the science and math classroom but also students’ lives and ability to inspire future leaders.
Decisions must be made by technological markets, public leaders, and educational institutions that innovate, build products on evolving sets of technology skills, and establish acceptance. This panel aims to put the 3 things involved in making an education tech decision into focus.
John Wittmann, founder of Institute for Educational and Vocational Computing, will discuss how ed tech has been embraced by governments, educators, and students.
TechXonnect Global examines how ed tech has been embraced by governments, educators, and students. A.J. Blake, a cyber-security product manager for HP, will discuss how ed tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists can better their companies by building technologies that address business opportunities.
Digital Postsecondary: All the possible facets of technology’s role in higher education
Digital Postsecondary Examined the role that ed tech is taking in postsecondary education. These trends include the mobility and customization of learning models, the importance of individual feedback for teachers, and the efforts to incorporate innovations from the tech sector into education. Panelists will touch on these topics:
Tom Dolan, faculty member at University of Southern California, will discuss how education technology has also been driven by the economy and the technology industry.
Bruce Armstrong, product manager for HP, will discuss how companies and government agencies are ensuring that technological innovations in education don’t compromise our quality of education.
Cara Heacock, assistant professor at Farmingdale State College, will speak about how the impact of technology in education is increasingly viewed as an educator’s responsibility. She will discuss how as technology becomes more seamless, educators can make learning more meaningful, accessible, and about the students.
Virtual and on-demand classrooms: Can ed tech engage the whole school and change a curriculum?
Virtual or on-demand classrooms will be a topic of discussion. The panel will focus on on how technology is increasing student satisfaction and making learning more efficient.
Audrey Fogleman, managing director of Edric Technology Solutions, will examine how ed tech providers have already introduced new education platforms. With the online video requirement and platforms that are communicating with each other, schools are better equipped to interact with their students and even other classes.
Madeline Guthrie, director of technology at Bethesda Middle School, and staff will examine how technology is impacting the teaching and learning process at a district level.
Rachel Bruns, research analyst and consultant for Edmotive, will examine where ed tech will take us as technology intersects with K-12.