Education-in-2018 | Michael G. SheppardPeople have been talking about the ways that education technology will save education for decades. Every year, there are still issues in the classroom despite the promises of EdTech.

There have been some trends lately that have impacted classrooms and show some promise. Let’s take a look at some of what’s going on.

Adaptive Learning

Technology is nothing if it isn’t personalized. The latest wave of artificial intelligence may be the key to personalized learning that educators have been dreaming about.

Artificial intelligence can take basic curriculum and adjust speed and measure mastery as a user interacts with that curriculum. There’s no jumping ahead. There’s no fake it til you make it. You either master the material, or you don’t advance.

The material is presented in a way that fosters success. Chunks of information are linked and unfolded based on how the user interacts with the information.

Access to Education

Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook believes that technology is the key to making education universal once and for all. He’s expounded technology’s adaptive principles but goes one step further in saying that unless students have access to those schools, it doesn’t matter how personalized the education is.

He recently sold more than $900 million in Facebook shares to fund his new tech initiatives and dreams of a day when all children have access to education regardless of location, income level, and cultural background.

Online Assessments

Speaking of universal access to education, one thing making the education sphere more manageable for teachers is online assessment. Though still in its infancy, the true potential of online assessment lies in instant feedback, real-time scoring, and the ability to move big data into what’s now known as “little data.”

Little data is crucial because it shows more intimate cause and effect relationships between a student’s academic history and academic progress. It also gives teachers more specific guidance on how to tailor lessons to each student, and then deliver assessment that reaches what the student actually knows rather than how well they can take a test.

We’ll see the effects of major progress in education technology that began in 2017 as we progress through 2018. As EdTech becomes bigger news in education, hopefully, we’ll find some of the solutions we’ve been seeking but haven’t found yet.