Throughout the last decade, the rise of technology has been the infiltrating leader behind remodelling classrooms and the way students are taught. The impact of digital technology in education in ginormous, allowing students to gain endless information and guidance online unlocking their highest potentials globally.
Recent technologies such as DreamBox, a mathematical education software that has swept through and dominated classrooms around the US and continues to do so by allowing students with a variety of skill levels to learn at their own suited pace to their best suited needs. It also allows them more time to learn and understand as students will be assisted with attentional related cues. Furthermore, the advancement of digital technology use in education has proved to be a much more beneficial system of education rapidly replacing the use of textbooks, requiring teachers to take a new method of approach to teaching.
So how has education changed?
Well, Brian Greenberg, CEO of Silicon Schools which covers 38 education facilities in America believes since the development of digital technology and their advantages in education have led to a change in the ways students are being taught internationally, viewing a classroom as a bunch of different individuals rather than a collective.
“We’re starting to question what’s right for this seven-year-old versus what’s right for that seven-year-old.” In addition to this Greenberg then went on to announce that they are “currently challenging the paradigm that all seven year olds should be exposed to the same content” of learning.
Furthermore, the ease to access internet giants such as Google has changed the way information is collected by students, with unlimited access to query, the potential to learn and understand everything is only a few clicks of a button away. Furthermore, students are able to effortlessly calculate any math problem, leading to educators determining the types of knowledge that students need in order to thrive in a technology-saturated workforce where any query. should be able to be answered within seconds due to the access of digital technologies.
Whilst past educational models such a textbooks and memory tests focused on providing students with the obligated skills to mould them into the skilled workers that society demanded, the educators of today are more focused on teaching students how to learn and educate themselves.
“The real purpose of education is for the brain to be empowered with information,” said Greenberg. “We’re teaching students to learn to think, to learn to learn, and to critically assess a situation.” How has the advancement of digital technology helped adults of today?
The U.S. Navy, often first to handle new technologies, has recently introduced an AI-based tutoring system called Education Dominance into an entry-level IT school in Pensacola. The current platform amplifies similar traits to a human tutor, by monitoring each student’s individual progress and providing personalised assessments and tests that focus around their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to this, it was reported by the Navy that the students who had participated with their digital tutor made huge progress in their education and what they learnt, consistently testing higher than students who had studied without the new digital program’s. This new platform provides a glimpse into the future of education and how these newly designed models may work and become even more of an educational dominance within the next decade. It is highly likely that the possibility of computers becoming the individual tutors in classrooms filled with diverse learning styles for a diverse range of students will be prominent in years to come. Although, the future of digital technologies in education is exciting, Greenberg argues that “We have to be honest that we don’t have definitive proof one way or the other yet that technology is improving education.” However, he also adds “We are cautiously optimistic that technology is having a very bold impact.”