What is the future of technology in education? We really don’t know. As fast as the world has changed in the last five years, there’s no way to predict what the next five years will look like — let alone one or two years.
However, when I heard Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speak on a recent episode of the Freakonomics podcast, it got me thinking.
Some of the technology he talked about — augmented and mixed reality, artificial intelligence, quantum computing — sounded like it could fit in education.
However, I wasn’t struck by the technology he talked about as much as the part we’ll play in it as educators.
Whether we like it or not, many of these technologies are coming to education. We’re not in the 1 percent of the 1 percent who gets to decide what comes to the market.
What we CAN do, though, is prepare ourselves for it. Learn about it. Think about how it can be used in a helpful — and ethical — way.
Hear my full thoughts about the FUTURE of tech in education in episode 27 of the podcast (below). Then, see what you can do with the PRESENT of tech in education in the other episodes!
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What’s it going to look like? Really, it’s anyone’s guess how tech will influence education in the future. But an interview with Microsoft’s CEO piqued my interest and got me thinking about it.
March Madness and the men’s college basketball tournament has people all over the United States buzzing with excitement. How can we use brackets to carry that excitement over into the classroom? Check out Brackify.com as a free digital tool to use.
Students that use Google Classroom are greeted by header images every time they log in. Create your own custom Google Classroom header image. To give it some added flair, use animated GIF images to make it move! Hat-tip to Paul West (@pdubyatech on Twitter).
The band OK GO has the coolest music videos! There’s a lot of math and science behind these videos. They have recently created a fantastic resource for the classroom to help you inspire students academically with their music videos: OKGOsandbox.org.
Sketchnoting (or visual notetaking) is a very brain-friendly way of learning … and it’s TONS of fun! Hone your sketchnoting skills (and introduce it to your students) with #Sketch50! Check it out at sketch50.org or the #sketch50 hashtag on Twitter.
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