Today’s blog is a guest post from Amanda Peterson who is a contributing author at Enlightened-Digital.com. Amanda is located in New York City, and is a software engineer. She is passionate about education and enjoys sharing her expertise.
According to a 2017 study from the University of Phoenix, 63% of teachers (kindergarten through 12th grade) use technology in their classrooms daily. From tablets to video conferencing with remote students, technology has changed how classrooms function. Armed with tools that record student activity, educators, administrators and parents now have more data at their disposal to improve learning for individual students.
Although there are groups that speak out against the security of this student data, businesses and schools are working together to change current practices in order to help students excel in learning. Overall, technology aims to improve students’ education comprehension in the coming years. In this piece, we’ll look at how artificial intelligence and data are impacting future education practices.
Monitoring Learning Activity
Artificial intelligence within the classroom is currently assisting teachers with monitoring students’ academic behavior. For instance, Classcraft software allows teachers to reward students with points for positive behavior, whether it’s completing an assignment on time or improving their overall grade in a class. However, there are limitations to what these systems can perform.
In this article from EdWeek, Shawn Young, creator of Classcraft points out, “What we want to be able to do is to help interpret [engagement data] and to be able to understand what’s happening in the classroom and from there to be able to make recommendations to teachers and principals and students about how they can course-correct their practices to have better outcomes.”
In simpler terms, Young and his team want their technology to have the ability to provide suggestions to teachers whose classroom engagement decreases. Overall, it aims to help educators and students with increasing lesson intake. Although the program is still being developed, this tool can help teachers reduce lessons that do not provide the most value to students.
Increasing value on captured data
Every action within an application or digital classroom tool is recorded and captures valuable data for educators. This data is currently used to address a student’s learning pace or overall performance. However, in the future, this information could be used inside and outside of the classroom.
Although companies are not allowed to share data without proper consent, what if they used this information for other purposes? Aside from improving learning opportunities, businesses could use this information to build other technology tools. If the company knows how a particular set of students solves a problem, they could use that data information to then set up challenges for a different set of students or possibly adults.
Data is becoming a new type of currency in today’s market, and it does not look like that will change in the immediate future. Once businesses, schools and parents establish what amount of student data can be used outside of the classroom, expanded use of this information may help companies with future developments and tools.
For now, technology is another tool for teachers to use in their classroom. However, there’s no doubt that its impact on the learning experience has been large. It will continue to change practices, from how teachers execute a lesson, to how businesses use collected student data.