The world we live in is changing so rapidly that it is becoming harder and harder to keep up with everything. Specifically, I am referring to the changes in technology. In the previous weeks, we discussed the history of AV in education. In the 1930s, we used film projectors, then moved to video cassette recorders, overhead projectors, and whiteboards, just to name a few. In the 2000s, the widespread adoption of the internet and digital media established the integration of online resources into daily teaching. Laptops and tablets became prevalent in the classrooms, allowing for a more fun and engaging learning opportunities. We are all aware that AV’s benefits to teachers and students are crucial for success in a digital learning environment. However, what will the future of productivity tools be in education, and how might they evolve to meet educational needs better?
The articles below give a detailed description of the future of technology.
Some of the advancements stated in one of these articles are:
- Biometrics -which is “a technology that recognizes people based on certain physical or behavioral traits. Science will be able to identify the physical and emotional disposition of the students, enabling the alteration of the course material and tailoring it to each student’s specific and unique needs. Considering the various high needs of our students, this part of technology would bring enormous benefits for both teachers and students.
- Augmented Reality Glasses – (even contact lenses) will layer data on top of what we see naturally, enabling a real-world learning experience. Can you imagine a student sitting at a desk and wearing AR glasses conversing with Thomas Edison about invention? Well, this may become true in the future! Who knows! It is also interesting to mention what Edison has stated about the future of the books: “Books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye”. Edison is right when he says that books will be outdated. When you ask students if they want to read a book on paper or an e-Book, they will choose eBook most of the time. I find this new invention very exciting because of the real-world experience that it will offer and I can only imagine how that might change the whole education perspective.
- Multitouch surface – we already have touch phones and computers, which we use daily. However, multitouch surfaces such as desks or workstations will send education to a different level.
These technological advancements will require teachers to stay well informed and always strive to adapt and be on top of the knowledge. The future looks bright with all these changes, but will this advancement in technology threaten our privacy? When you sign up for a new app or program, you will be asked all sorts of information. Will this information be protected?
When it comes to privacy, I see many concerns here, some of which were presented in last week’s article but also from a personal event that happened just recently. My husband owns a local private business, and since we live in a digital area, the information for the company is all online. The services the company offers, display of previously completed work, and contact information are just a few things that the website provides. An advertising company, which, for ethical reasons, I won’t mention its name, has claimed on their website false information about my husband’s company. They have claimed enormous revenue and many employees, which both are not true. I wish the company had what they claimed, but the reality differs from what they were presenting. Two main concerns are raised here for him as the owner. First and most important, “Where did they get this information”? Second, but not least, “Can they remove that false information”? They have yet to answer when the advertising company was contacted and asked where they found that information. When they were also requested to remove that information, as it was not true, the answer was they could not remove it. The concern is that my husband has NEVER contacted this company to give them any information about his business or ask them for any advertisement. Consequently, he has NEVER signed a contract with them. This raises high concerns about unauthorized access and ethical handling of information. The same concerns can be raised in education, too, with students’ information being used without their consent. As parents, we do sign every year on how the students should be respectful when using technology in the school, and if they break it or misuse it, there will be consequences. Still, I am trying to remember when privacy was mentioned in that signing form. Users of productivity suites, educators and students, may face challenges managing and controlling the educational data. Demanding transparency in collecting, using and sharing data and obtaining consent are crucial aspects of ethical data handling.
In conclusion, the future of technology will be bright, with so many exciting opportunities for teachers and students. Advancements in biometrics, augmented reality, and multitouch surfaces are all innovative technologies that will revolutionize the world. However, upholding privacy standards and responsible data handling for all our students is crucial. Obtaining these principles will allow educators and students to fully embrace the potential of technology in education.