This Week’s Trends in Education and Technology (Feb 28-March 5)
[The Week in Education and Technology is a weekly summary of news, events, and ideas related to education, technology, and culture.]
Over the last two decades, OER providers have made a clear and resounding declaration that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, should have free access to high-quality learning materials.
Rob Reynolds, Executive Director at TEL Education
There’s plenty of news about assessment these days, much of it still related to stagnant PISA scores. The overall scores of U.S. students are disappointing to some, are relatively stable. What’s changing is the growing gap between high and low performing students. Researchers suspect that the main problem could be how we separate these groups into different tracks, thus splitting resources and narrowing the diversity of peer groups.
Not surprisingly, since chronically low Math scores get the extra buzz, there is renewed criticism about the way we teach Math.
Classes here often focus on formulas and procedures rather than teaching students to think creatively about solving complex problems involving all sorts of mathematics, experts said. That makes it harder for students to compete globally, be it on an international exam or in colleges and careers that value sophisticated thinking and data science.
In a large study of more than 150,000 students in all 133 of Chicago’s public high schools, Jackson has calculated that schools that build social-emotional qualities such as the ability to resolve conflicts and the motivation to work hard are getting even better short-term and long-term results for students than schools that only boost test scores.
And, since COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind presently, UNESCO is reporting that 290 million students are out of school due to the virus.
Speaking of COVID-19, Bryan Alexander has a great post on its possible implications for higher education. And, this post addresses how online learning and OPM providers, in spite of recent issues with some providers, offer a model for dealing with remote study in times of crisis.
Those “recent issues with OPM providers? I’m talking about the closure of Concordia University Portland and its struggles with HotChalk. There are lessons about being more farsighted in this story, and some argue that institutions should be more proactive about considering mergers.
Also, this year’s EDUCAUSE Horizon Report™ is out and emerging practices and technologies include (1) adaptive learning, (2) AI/machine learning, (3) analytics for student success, (4) the elevation of instructional design, learning engineering and UX design, (5)open educational resources (OER), and XR technologies.
On the OER front, I’m particularly happy to share TEL’s new initiative, TEL Learning, which provides free, openly licensed access to all TEL course materials.
Finally, I recommend this article on student-loan debt from the Chronicle for Higher Education
By the way, in case you were waiting for another sign that combustion-engine cars really are going to disappear in the not-too-distant future, take not of GM’s unveiling of their aggressive plans to produce electric vehicles. The automaker says it will invest $20 billion by 2025 to catch up with Tesla.
Also, if you’re keeping score in the global race to dominate the Ai industry, Bloomberg reports that the majority of promising AI startups are still based in the U.S.
Episode 17: Do We Really Need That? (Education and Technology Futures Videocast)
Episode 18: One Person’s Mountain is Another’s Tourist Destination (Education and Technology Futures Videocast)
Episode 19: Separate But Unequal (Education and Technology Futures Videocast)