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Looking back: Tech's Impact on Education

The Huffington Post recently looked at how technology has completely reshaped the way educators, parents and administrators view education and its effects on students of today.

“Chalkboards have been replaced by smart boards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for parents with a secure login,” according to the article.

“Tech has even infiltrated the classroom with tablets and video conferencing enhancing student engagement and creating more opportunities for remote learning.”

It’s touched almost every aspect of education but the five important ones mentioned in the article include: new curriculum in schools, a re-emergence of the vocational school, shift in higher education, federal policy and funding as well as private sector’s vested interest in education, according to the report.

In terms of new curriculum, schools are turning towards coding courses and programming courses at younger ages.

The Seattle Times recently reported that 10 public high schools and three middle schools in Seattle will offer computer science courses (ranging from an introductory level to advanced placement) for the 2015 – 2016 school year,” according to the article.

“The initiative began as an effort to directly prepare students for any of the increasing number of job opportunities in the city’s growing tech industry.”

In terms of funding, the article touches base on the five-year federal STEM education strategic plan put into place by the U.S. Government and the Committee of STEM Education.

“As soon as President Obama gave out the STEM call in his 2011 State of the Union Address, several NGOs stepped up to back STEM education at both the lower- and upper-school levels,” according to the article.

“Organizations in association with the Carnegie Corporation of New York raised more than $30 million for the coaching of STEM teachers shortly after the President’s call to action.”

Technology is not only reshaping our world, it’s also reshaping the way students are learning as well.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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