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Artificial Intelligence: Are Computers Taking Over for Teachers?

Artificial Intelligence: Are Computers Taking Over for Teachers? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"If you’re an educator, you’ve probably noticed that the profession has undergone significant change in the last few years. With the growth of the flipped classroom model and the plethora of resources available via apps and websites, teachers are no longer considered the experts."


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Are computers going to replace teachers? The teaching profession has undergone much change during the years. The advent of computers, digital technology and now A.I., have all fueled this change. Gone are the days when Gurus were Gurus and Eklavya gave his thumb to his Guru! The title Guru changed into Teacher and now Teacher is, Facilitator or even Supervisor! The role of the teacher has shifted from expert to facilitator, centre stage to side stage. Teachers are more expensive than computers, imagine, you could buy a computer every month for the salary that a teacher gets every month! All this change has been driven by the advent of computers into every sphere of life. Flipped classrooms, research methods, collaborative learning, online tests and surveys, like Socratic, for example, have proved the teacher is no longer the expert he once was, and he can be challenged at any time! I guess a time will soon come when computers and Artificial Intelligence will make it possible for schools to have half the number of teachers and yet run effectively! The teachers who remain will merely have a supervisory role and the work of ten teachers will be done by one supervisor/facilitator and computers. Students will have their personal computers and one facilitator will have five hundred students to supervise, thanks to the support given by A.I. and virtual classrooms. Students might not even need to come to school. There will be less traffic on the roads, you won't have to even run a school with electricity expenses, nor would you need to spend on infrastructure. This will be a sad state of affairs for a large number of teachers who do not take up the challenge of becoming future proof! They need to be well versed with the use of A.I. computers, LMS modules, ERP modules, infographics, Blogs and so on.
 
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Trending: This style of learning has teachers and students re-imagining Future-Ready

Trending: This style of learning has teachers and students re-imagining Future-Ready | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
How the power of questioning through inquiry-based learning helps teachers and administrators prepare students for the workforce.

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Educators Offer Advice About Teaching Good Digital Citizenship

Educators Offer Advice About Teaching Good Digital Citizenship | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Delivering lessons to kids about proper online behavior not only fosters cyberethics, but helps keep them safe online.

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Good Digital Citizenship is an offshoot of Good Social Citizenship. While the use of technology in all good schools is a reality today, it, however, has to be preceded by teaching about good Digital Citizenship. You can't expect an 'uncivilised' person to display good citizenship on the internet.Cyberbullying, digital footprints, copyright, privacy, information literacy and internet safety have to be taught to students before introducing BYOD into the classroom. It is equally important to organise workshops for parents to educate them about Digital Citizenship.It is only when we know about the ethics of digitization that we will be able to reap the benefits of technology!
 
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A Guest Argument (from a Comment) for the Affordability of Flipped Courses 

A Guest Argument (from a Comment) for the Affordability of Flipped Courses  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Some thoughts by Dr. Robert Talbert, who wrote the book Flipped learning, on the true costs of blended teaching.

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Flipped courses can be affordable and effective only if and when they have been planned for effectively, ahead of time!
 
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22 Myths In Modern Academic Learning

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"Below are 22 myths in modern academic learning. No explanation, no analysis, just 22 commonly held misconceptions about learning in academia."


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The twenty-two myths listed in this article bust delusions, myths, and fallacies that rule the minds of policy makers. One will be surprised to see how mistaken we are about differential learning and the use of technology in class. Further to this, is the fallacy that engagement means learning, and that collaboration in the learning process should be constant!
 
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 5, 2017 1:52 PM
I like the last of the myth list best... This doesn't go in depth on this list but provides and opening for thought and discussion...

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15. District “non-negotiables” are an appropriate response to instructional alignment. 
 16. Teachers are “the problem.” 
 17. A pre-test for the test to predict the performance on the test that itself is meant to predict understanding is an efficient way to process learning. 
 18. Engagement means learning. 
 19. Adoption of trendy learning tools will automatically improve learning. 
 20. Ignoring trendy learning tools helps keep the focus on “what’s important.” 
 21. Depth of knowledge doesn’t matter. 
 22. Curiosity is for cats.
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, September 6, 2017 9:28 AM
Fun to read, and true.
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Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school

Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Four experienced “makers” and K-12 educators dish their top tools and advice to build a meaningful classroom makerspace from the ground up.

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Apropos Makerspace, schools cannot ignore the rule of technology, and thereof not provide their students with opportunities to design and play with technology. I am always fascinated by the robots and machines that students bring with them for the Robotics classes. Students carry with them kits that can have programmable chips. The Aeromodelling club is another interesting activity in school. To make makerspace more effective, existing teachers, even of other subjects should be encouraged to take up responsibility for different technology related learning clubs in school.
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How to Find a Balance Between Teaching and Technology

How to Find a Balance Between Teaching and Technology | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"Not all educators are won over by the bells and whistles that come with edtech.  Many teachers feel threatened by technologies that aim to “replace them,” and cannot keep up with the training and the push that comes from within the schooling system."


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Sometimes we get so enamoured by technology that we forget about the teaching part! Technology can only assist teacher and the process of teaching but not replace it. Technology is an extension of chalk an blackboard.
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abdoss's curator insight, August 21, 2017 10:37 AM
Balance is everything, if you don't have it you will topple over!
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Guidelines for young children using edtech

Guidelines for young children using edtech | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"Technology is ever pervasive in children’s lives. At home, children watch TV, play video games, and spend their days on tablets and phones. Technology is even becoming prevalent in the education of children. However, the younger the child, the less screen time they should have according to the American Pediatrics Association."


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Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day?

Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"The civil rights movement has always been about ensuring that all people, regardless of race, sex, income, religion, or other factors, have equal access to opportunity. In today’s world, technology is increasingly needed to access many opportunities. But not everyone has equal access to technology."


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Digital Equity is an elusive Civil Right even today, thus it is a major issue that can be put to the debate. People believe that technology should provide everyone opportunities for growth. However, the reality is that although we might thrust Digital Technology onto the entire population of a country, the fact remains that a large number are still Digital Technology Illiterate! Some don't even have access to Technology. It is clear that Digital Equity is a major issue that divides the society into the haves and the have nots! Those who have access to Digital Technology might get the best jobs or even get admission to some of the best colleges without being really intelligent or even accomplished professionals, while those who really deserve to get that seat because of their abilities are left out just because they don't have that internet connection or even a smart phone!
 
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Digital Equity and Civil Rights
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From Analog to Digital: Why and How to Teach Students to Write for an Online Audience

"When was the last time you wrote an essay? When was the last time you read one other than for grading? Now think about the frequency with which you read online articles, blogs, social media posts or listen to podcasts that inspire you or provide new information and perspectives."


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New MIT study shows the surprising power of Wikipedia in science 

New MIT study shows the surprising power of Wikipedia in science  | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
MIT: Wikipedia is perhaps the greatest scientific repository that you’ve never considered.

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Professor who teaches Harvard's largest class says students should show up

Professor who teaches Harvard's largest class says students should show up | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
A year after instructor of the university’s largest course said it was fine for students to watch videos instead of coming to class, he changes his mind.

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Harvard professor of the largest class goes back on his previous decision to allow students to stay back and not come to class. The decision highlights the need for students to be physically present in class. While it is OK according to him to watch videos, it is more important for students to actually attend classes. This deals a blow to the flipping of classes as an effective method for teaching students.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 15, 2017 9:01 AM
Professor who teaches Harvard's largest class says students should show up
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How The World Is Changing & How Education Can Respond

How The World Is Changing & How Education Can Respond | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
How is the world changing? Technology is amplifying previously less visibile disparities between people & social 'systems.' This is how we can respond.

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The picture tells it all! In a world that is becoming a "more connected world" (irony accepted), it has become an accepted fact that education also has to evolve. Move over Chalk and Green Board, move away pen and paper, enter the I-Pad, smartphone and laptop for online tests. Also, you might use Facebook to post your home tasks, or you might use Socratic to create online polls and surveys.
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Why Students Should Study Social Media

Why Students Should Study Social Media | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
Students today think of the word 'private' differently. Social networks and their navigation are increasingly crucial to living well.

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You simply cannot, as a teacher ignore the role of Social Media in the lives of students. Upcoming schools in India have started using Facebook to post surveys, home tasks, research topics and also to collaborate with others. In times of collaborative learning, learners from all over the world can work together on specific topics and Social Media sites like Facebook provide a platform for learning.
 
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Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
It was the year 2000 and Maine's governor at the time, Angus King, was excited about the Internet. The World Wide Web was still relatively young but

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It is difficult to answer how well laptops help learning. This is an honest article that makes it very clear that using laptops might not after all, be such a good idea for all the subjects since an essay that is word processed might not be 'fluid enough' and thus a better option would be to put pen to paper! Moreover, the effective use of a laptop will also be dependent on the student's familiarity with the machine and the software. Economic status is also a limiting factor because, students have used laptops from birth (pun intended) will be more proficient in its use than those who have started relatively late and probably have even shared a laptop with others. We have gone beyond power point and Microsoft word. Fortunately enough, we need not be worried enough that we are the only ones facing problems with the integration of technology in teaching since similar issues since they have been observed in the United States too! So, before we rush to encourage the BYOD culture, we need to put in processes, and systems for the integration of EDTECH in schools.
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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, August 29, 2017 12:32 PM

Thanks Tommy for sharing this article.

GwynethJones's curator insight, August 29, 2017 9:16 PM

Early days of the Interwebs!

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Keeping K-12 Students Safe When Using EdTech

Keeping K-12 Students Safe When Using EdTech | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"While technology is certainly a necessary – and beneficial – tool in educating 21st century students, it also comes with its own inherent set of dangers and risks.  Schools need to work harder than ever at keeping their students safe."


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The Blue Whale challenge is one reason why we need to ensure the safety of students when using EdTech. The CBSE has sent guidelines to schools affiliated to it regarding the installation of firewalls to ensure students don't access such sites, at least not in school!
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How Should School Districts Measure Ed Tech’s Return on Investment?

How Should School Districts Measure Ed Tech’s Return on Investment? | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

"In education, ROI (Return On Investment) is a big deal. Resources are finite, and whenever they’re spent those holding the purse strings want to know if the investment is justified. When it comes to new technologies and innovative approaches, ROI can be difficult to calculate; which can put edtech in an awkward position when it comes to justifying the expenditure."


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We need to have a viable system for assessing Ed Tech's return on investment. For Ed Tech to be effective in schools, there should be a visible jump in learning and the quality of teaching needs to shoot up exponentially! One wonders if spending more on in-service teacher training and infrastructure might not be a better option, especially when Ed.Tech does not prove to be worth all that expense. One major downside to Ed.Tech. is that it becomes obsolete very quickly and then you enter into a vicious cycle of upgrades!
 
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