Although a lot of educational growth has happened when students were given digital and technological tools for studies, a number of educators aren’t happy with this, seeing it as a disconnect from what schools really need.
According to Eva Moskowitz, the founder of a charter school academy in New York, educational technology is often seen as a savior in the educational system but lacks the equality that comes from learning in person. She added that technology doesn’t and never will have the capacity to replace the passion and inspiration for education which is given over by a human teacher, but admitted that educational technology could be extremely useful if used in a strategic manner.
In many cases, it is, in fact, true that in this modern era, educational technology not only plays a large role in K-12 education but is often marketed as well as used like something of a remedy for different problems already present in the system. Certain aspects of this cure-all are real, though, since many forms of educational technology focus on allowing the student to do personalized learning, which caters the lessons directly to individual needs.
Last week, a letter was posted by Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, to his personal page. Among other things, this letter held details of the reaffirmation he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, had for educational technology after they learned some valuable lessons in the first couple years of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Zuckerberg wrote further that the education system needs to reach a place where every student can get the equivalent of a one-on-one with an experienced tutor. In addition, he believes that students will have a stronger base in both academics and life if they can learn at their own pace rather than the collective’s, the latter of which is generally the case in a classroom. He and his wife’s goal is to introduce this tool over the next decade to help as many of the 25,000 high and middle schools in the United States as they can.
Similarly, $1.7 billion is planned to be invested over the next five years by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, their goal is to advance development and research for educational technology so that student learning can be vastly improved.