Nadel's article in District Administration takes on the risk-free task of predicting the future*. In Schools ride the next edtech wave, he predicts:
- Online hand-in
- Super (OLED) screens
- Expanded use of Bluetooth
- Android/Chromebook mashup
- Internet of things
- AI teaching assistants
- More surveillance cameras
- Greater focus on digital citizenship
What a mundane list. Online hand-in is the next big thing? Really? A thinner, screen? Is this what excitement over educational technology has come to - more surveillance cameras?
How about, in 2017...
- Every teacher will go completely paperless.
- Every teacher will use a learning management system to provide customized resources and activities for each student.
- Schools will abandon content filters, device management tools, and remote monitoring software and instead will seriously teach digital citizenship and online safety.
- All students will have a computing device and home Internet access.
- All students will participate in an articulated digital skills curriculum that includes programming.
- Techies will stop swooning over every new gadget, app, and buzzword that streams toward them, stopping instead to reflect on good educational practices and cost/benefit analyses of changes.
- The technology departments in all schools will be moved from the business departments to the curriculum departments.
- All parents will commit to educating themselves about how and how much their children (and perhaps they themselves) use technology outside of school.
- All schools that receive any form of public funding will be held to the same accountability standards. Private schools - caveat emptor.
- The network will perform flawlessly for the entire year with no outages, slow downs, or connectivity problems.
- All students who need extra help in reading and math will be instructed by a human teacher not plunked infront of a mind-numbing computer program.
- Both print and ebooks will be honored as acceptable reading materials - and be provided to all students bountifully.
- The number of tests will drop in half and new assessments that look at student happiness, belonging, engagement, and responsibility will be deployed.
- All schools will educate the mind and soul not simply be vocational school diploma mills.
OK, I admit that these may be hopes/wishes/desires more than predictions.
But you have to admit that most are more exciting than a merged Chrome/Android operating system. And that actually are big things.
Please add yours.