It’s no secret that our technology is getting smarter with algorithms, artificial intelligence and encryption. Technology is revolutionizing lives and making certain tasks much more efficient (consider iTunes, Uber, SmartHome and Amazon, just to name a few).
But education technology is outdated, continuing to fall further and further behind other sectors. Imagine if we used the same technological advances to ease important, but tedious, daily tasks for teachers and administrators, such as attendance. Imagine if we could maximize advances from Silicon Valley to accelerate learning.
a federal design challenge, of sorts. By applying innovation and entrepreneurship, a grant program would encourage promising ideas in education technology and build a research base of best practices.
We should reach beyond simply digitizing textbooks and using more smart boards and tablets. This competition would spur innovators to create, justify and test new technology-based approaches to teaching and learning. And by also including schools and educators in the design process, we could see what really works for students.