Christopher Rose

Emerging Tech Trends

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Education and technology: the two topics should work hand and hand to provide students will the best possible opportunity to be successful. Currently in education, we have more access to technology than any other time in history. As technology has become faster, cheaper, and more reliable, educators have strived to find the best ways to implement technology to prepare students for future success. Game-Based Learning systems, Flipped classrooms, Virtual classrooms, BYOD and 1:1 Programs are all competing to gain the attention of the 21st century educator. Out of the these options, believe that 1:1 initiatives will reign supreme in the next 5 years of education.

As textbooks are becoming more and more dated, school districts are starting to recognize the need for interactive, up-to-date content delivered directly to the student. This personalized access is only possible through 1:1 initiatives where districts can rely on delivering solutions they know all students have access to. For example, if a district relies on a BYOD program, they can not guarantee that the materials they provide students and staff will work correctly on every device. Only by providing each student with a full solution are they able to truly harness the power of delivering reliable digital content. According to Chris Riedel, “This year’s Speak Up found that students who have not taken an online course are increasingly interested in the opportunity, citing a desire to have more control over their learning and believing that they will get more support from an online teacher” (Riedel, Pg. 3). Students are not only interested in a digital classroom, they are demanding an opportunity to be a part of one. A 1:1 initiative allows schools to easily manage this type of environment. Schools can move all classroom materials online and provide students with a reliable device that can access the content at anywhere and anytime. A 1:1 initiative would ensure that all students enrolled in the school would have an equal opportunity at being successful in this type of learning environment.

District 1:1 initiatives enable students to extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Justin Reich and Beth Holland mention, “In the connected reading mode, we ask students to treat texts as nodes in a network of information. We ask them to quickly synthesize multiple readings and websites in research projects. To follow contemporary media narratives, like the recent violence in Boston, they trace stories across Twitter hashtags, livestreams of police scanners, blog posts, and newspaper articles” (Reich, Holland, Pg. 2). 1:1 initiatives allow educators to provide students with media rich classroom activities. Teachers are no longer limited to a book that is static text. They can incorporate live content while teaching students digital citizenship. Providing media rich lessons bring the lessons to life and provide students with a much more engaging classroom environment. All of this is made possible by a strong 1:1 initiative where students have equal opportunity.

One of the many limitations of a BYOD environment is ensuring that all students can use and access online course materials at home. If a student only has access the digital content at school, it can be very difficult for a teacher to rely on creating and requiring digital homework. Since we can not ensure that all students have reliable Internet access at home, it can be challenging for many school districts to require students to complete digital assignments. Providing a 1:1 solution can bridge the gap for many of these situations. Both iPad and Chromebook provide offline access to many software applications that would allow students to download coursework while at school and work on the digital content at home even if they did not have Internet access. According to Riedel, “64 percent of students surveyed identify 3G- or 4G-enabled devices as their primary means of connecting to the Internet, with another 23 percent saying they connect through an Internet-enabled TV or Wii console” (Riedel, Pg. 1). This statistic is simply not good enough to rely on students to have Internet access at home. 1:1 initiatives make this statistic meaningless by allowing students to work outside the classroom on digital content regardless of Internet connectivity.

In conclusion, I believe that 1:1 initiatives will dominate the K-12 classroom over the next 5 years. Both the iPad and Chromebooks provide students with easy to navigate equitable devices that can have consistent district delivered content. When a 1:1 initiative is deployed correctly, students will not be limited to the walls of the classroom. Students can work on dynamic lessons while learning digital citizenship. By providing each student with a 1:1 device, districts can ensure that the device will work offline and allow teachers to provide digital content to students that can be worked on while at home. This is why I believe district 1:1 initiatives will reign supreme.

Citations

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(2015). 10 Major Technology Trends in Education — THE Journal. Retrieved November 22, 2015, from https://thejournal.com/articles/2014/02/03/10-major-technology-trends-in-education.aspx.

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