Vicki Phillips: The Technology Wave Hits Education

I think we’re just beginning to realize the
power of technology in education actually. And isn’t it interesting that education’s
sort of the last profession that technology has transformed. And I think a lot of that
is because we can’t just plop down, you know, new tools into an old system and expect that
to work. So a lot of where we’re seeing the Internet
be the most powerful is in these blended school models where schools are starting to flip
their classrooms and use the Internet and technology enabled tools. Whether that’s videos
of experts talking to students or whether it’s students getting online and doing assignments
in a collaborative way, answering a really powerful and critical question that their
teachers might assign. Or whether it’s back and forth feedback between kids and teachers. And this blend of both face-to-face with teachers
and technology seems to be a really powerful both motivator for kids but also, you know,
the beginning numbers say it gets incredible impact, particularly for students who may
have been before lagging behind. So those collaborative ways to bring kids into ownership
of their own learning and to use those tools in ways that kids live and work today are
very powerful. But it’s also proving to be really powerful
for teachers so that teachers are also getting online and collaborating with each other and
using a number of social networks. They’re also coming together and co-designing tools
that will help them be successful and sharing things that they’ve found that are really
effective practice. And uploading, you know, videos and looking at their own practice and
having others critique it and critiquing each other. So all of those things are just now
beginning to take root and materialize in schools. And I think, you know, some places
are further ahead. I think what’s exciting is in three or four years we’re gonna look
back and be amazed at how much that has exploded and how much teachers have actually driven
— and students — that conversation. But it’s also true that there’s big challenges,
right. Connectivity’s is a big challenge. Actually
having the tool — the hardware tools, the platforms to work from remains a big challenge.
And in education, you know, not a lot of innovators and entrepreneurs are willing to step in and
develop those things because we had 50 different states with 50 different standards and different
procurement systems and it just made it hard. And I think there are things happening now
like the Common Core State Standards, like this demand on the part of both teachers and
students for content delivered in more creative ways to them for both of their learning that
you’re starting to see that change because demand is starting to meet up with, you know,
sort of those people who’d like to really tackle that in ways that we haven’t experienced
before. What we see happening across the country that
we think is actually more of the wave and more powerful is this blended learning environment
in which kids and teachers together use technology enabled tools that make the learning more
real time, more powerful, give them access to things they wouldn’t have had access to
before. And so we really believe that’s the wave of the future. So I think we want to
keep thinking about the fact that kids really need that opportunity to collaborate with
their peers and they’re still gonna need the facilitation and guidance of great teachers.
And so how do you make all those things come together in a really magical and powerful


I'm just relieved to hear that there are still schools in the US. I thought they had replaced them all with churches, gun ranges and McDonalds.

In France a whole region (Correze) distributed Ipads to all students between 13-16, and in most schools in France nowadays, we use computers to make geometry, researchs, I even had to make a house and create my own "enterprise" with other students a few years ago…it's just fantastic what we can do with technology.

The biggest thing to consider when thinking about the impact of technology on education is the curriculum being taught. For so long the focus in education has been on teaching facts, memorizing formulas and historical events. As the wealth of information on the internet grows and any fact is easily searched and topics easily learned the focus of education needs to shift to reflect that. It needs to be more about critical thinking skills and how to ask the questions that don't yet have answers

I hope the next wave in education will be distance learning for fields that do not require hands on learning and a standardized credentialing system that will be developed by employers' associations. This system will be far more affordable than the current system and will make it possible for even the poorest to become educated. This system is ideal for older students. It also makes it possible for people to use a universal scoring system instead of school reputation and arbitrary grades.

I cant take her seriously for the accent, love me or hate me the southern drawl makes her sound less intelligent. Realise your stereotype southern america, im sure your smarter than the rest of the world thinks.

The relationship between technology being used in schools and students is akin to the relationship between technology being used to stop cybercrime and cybercriminals: the students are always at least one step ahead.

By the time the system got computers into most classrooms, the students had more powerful computers in their pockets. By the time the system figured out that email was an effective way to interact with students, they had moved to texting.

It's hard but we need to keep trying.

That's where it begins, but with luck, not where it ends. Almost all technology goes through a stage in which we use it to do what we already can with prior technology, but then innovation begins as we begin to learn that we can do things that we couldn't before.

Teachers who are ready for that change will embrace it; those who aren't will be using PowerPoint for the rest of their careers. While I wish it were not true, it's just human nature.

Yup. That's world dynamics for you. Some communities rocket down a new path, whist others hold tight to old ways (for various reasons), and in the education world the difference between those communities could be generations long.

I, myself, was fortunate enough to go to schools in the 1980s that had significant computer labs in them and had teachers interested enough in them to use them creatively, while some are just getting there now… near 30 years later.

I think students collaborating together is more important in younger grades, but as social pressure becomes enormous, students need to be in individually specialized programs. For example, in high school, the jocks overtook most classroom settings making it extremely hard to even listen to the teacher, then if you come across as smart to them, you become socially outcast. Don't even mention trying to work with them in a group. All in all, stupid, media-influenced kids ruin real kids schooling.

Something that is commonly overlooked is the opportunity for gifted kids to have material available to them to further their learning, not be stuck following the pace that everyone is following. The first Tech company that finds a good solution for this will have a lead in a big way.

My class is called a hybird course, or something. And it's the biggest pain in the ass. I just want to go to class, and learn from my teacher face to face.

Germany is one of the most old fashion countrys when it comes to using technology, yet they score alot higher than most other european countries on a per capita test.
The same is true with finland, doesnt it really seem like books give you a whole other experiance? i dont read books myself, but i get bored in 1 min so…

I hate how women on bigthink always get an overwhelming number of "thumb downs" relative to men. Its sad women are judge by their appearance more than their talents and education.

We score high in those tests?
In Germany we are just about as frustrated with the current school system than everyone else seems to be.

My predictions:
1. physical textbooks will be a thing of the past. No more hauling around a big heavy backpack.
2. Home-schooling-online will be an option many parent will take over private schools.
3. As tuition rises, online colleges/universities will flourish.
4. Google and Wikipedia will be the 2 prime sources for term/research papers.

To answer the final question: You don't. That is further away from happening now with "smart" technology than it was a decade ago.

People need to learn that picking up a book and going for a walk to a place where you can peacefully read it will do more for them than going to school where 80% of teachers just show up for their check. Education sucks, and without looking anything up, you can tell that this woman is a part of the education industry.

Completely true, but that was not the point to my statement, I was trying to disprove his point that the US some how destroyed all there school or that the US population doesn't value education

"Powerful"….. The system may be easier and simpler than handling other things…. but i don't think it's necessarily better…

One major problematic in the education system I've been through, is the minor experience teachers have in applying computers in regard with natural sciences, and the lack of any kind of standard. In literature, the use of computers to write essays is obvious with Word or similar software. In natural science, the use of computers require more training, thus making many teachers have little if any experience.

This is without doubt one of the greatest challenges for computers in education.

from just leaving the Public Education system in The US, i can say that public schools in the US are places to goof off, get high and get laid, absolutely nothing else goes on in them

Just remind them that some 'factual' sites can be edited by anyone, news stories are generally biased, and people tend to post loads of bull as truth. I remember thinking that computers would never catch on with the public, as the first time I ever tried to save my work from a TRS-80, and the cassette tape was being eaten.
Yes kids, I said a cassette tape.

I've lived all over the U.S. and, unfortunately, it depends on where you live. I moved a lot as a kid, so I went to several public schools. Going from a good one to a bad one made things too easy and boring, but going from bad to good made catching up really hard. Afterwards, the hard part is making enough money to goof-off, get high and get laid when you get time off!

and smoke shops, you missed one. also feminine vaginal doctrine conducted at every school. They dont teach listening and important things like who they are or what is life about etc. Just brainwashing factory to produce slaves.

you go to school and have to listen to a tenage teacher who screws her students (literally) whos sense of history goes only as far as what they had that morning for breakfast, what do you expect in such school system no wonder boys drop out and do drugs.

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If we think critically about what these people are saying and whether we believe it or not, then we're not being indoctrinated, we're reasoning.

The Thomas Jefferson Education is something I've been reading up on,this mode of schooling seems to be a solution to the ridiculous buildings with babysitters that we refer to as "schools."

Part of the trouble with the education system in Britain is all this techno bable projects. Yet the kids cant read or write let alone do maths!!!

Considering what schooling–especially American schooling–actually entails, we are better off with the churches and gun ranges (but not McDonald's).

I think teachers are the ones lagging behind the students now, in my collage I've ye to have a professor use the technologies they have to their full potential even after being trained. I

I hate these kind of people that just over complicate things saying ohhhh wowwww technology is changing learning and we all need it!!!, no fuck off. Im a student and I know that no kid needs an Ipad to do homework or a laptop to turn in shit thats just unnecessary. Pen and paper is very reliable and is nice and simple. I can agree I love some computer tools, as I work on computer security during all of my summers, but there is a point where dumbass adults just shove a computer into everything.

It gives me the creeps to hear¬†the way¬†education is becoming all about data and facts received through a little electronic box. REAL experiences in REAL time are proven to have much more lasting results….Making the connections with all our senses has value. Now¬† some lazy teacher flips on a video by some "expert"….How sad.

Technology is fucking stupid stupid as fuck fuck for kids until high school.  If you disagree with me you are retarded.  That's how you argue on the internet. Boom.  Learn the basics, pay teachers more so they put more effort into it. Bam

My school gives out laptops because we are a tech savy district. Let me be the first to tell you. No one uses them for homework. They just go on YouTube and Facebook.

Technology hit education years ago unless you were stupid enough to get into massive debt to go to the private or even worse state schools. The information is there use the technology to access it yourself already!

I'm seeing technology used in education every day.  I am a teacher in Korea currently.  Like she mentioned, I use videos that I find online on a regular basis.  We even have a website '' that all the foreign English teachers use to connect with each other and share content.  I'm still able to guide my students through things and help their development.  But if I were to try to come up with fresh new content EVERY DAY, well let's just say, it wouldn't be very interesting.  I might have one good idea per month.  But with thousands of other teachers sharing information using technology that is all I need. 

I was really quite glad when our class watched a documentary by Stephen Hawkings about the universe. Not only have we never had this subject in class, but the documentary style is just a captivating way to teach. I also liked the sir David narrated ones about nature. It gives a whole new interest in the wonders of the world, which otherwise would have been taught in a dry boring fashion at a much slower pace

The power of self directed play is vastly overlooked and underutilized in education. Look at video games; quite often, children will learn complex tasks, routines and concepts in video games and they do so easily, without direct adult guidance and at phenomenal speeds in comparison to traditional teaching methods.

I have come to believe that the key to childhood and even secondary education lies in gaming, only not in the way games are used in education today. Today, schools use a variety of disparate games to achieve solitary educational goals. This is ineffective. What is needed is an overarching narrative to weave an entire grade level curriculum into a single gaming concept or platform. Imagine, for example, infusing curriculum into a massive game like World of Warcraft, where though play, students advance in the game by working/playing both individually and collaboratively to pass educational landmarks.

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is in a unique position to make such an experimental "game school" a reality

I work for a company that is trying to do this for 10 years already. Advances in technology make it easier but the hardest challenge I find is to convince old-school teachers who still prefer to hand out worksheets and let children fill them out for an hour.

all she did is go around in circles about the same point for 3 minutes… doesn't really explain why my younger brother and sister were given iPads from their school

Holy fuck … even the "smart" americans are retarded -.- So tell me, now that google glass and these microchips wich you get implanted with personal data are a reality then why, WHY must we allow technology in a place that doesnt teach you how to live your life nor how to survive. Please tell me, the land of the free, the independant. How are you independant? Independance = being able to survive without help. Weeeelllll! In 25 years when all your children are walking around with chips beneath the skin on their head and don't know what a seed is, then HOW. HOW are your children gonna survive in an "independant" country? The only independance you have is the slight independance your governement has to do whatever the fuck they want. Drones attacking the middle east just couse. Why? To kill terrorist? HOW do YOU know that it actually didnt hit civilians? You idiots believe anything they show you on a screen!

Go die in hell USA. Oh right, I guess you only have to die then. Have a great "independant" life idiots and good job fucking up life on an entire planet by doing nothing! By the way! I said planet, i meant HOMEPLANET. You know what that means right? Home planet. Its were YOU were born. Your mom, dad, grandparents, their parents.. their grandparents you ignorant fucks! Are you gonna let all that they've fought so hard for, to just go down in an unlabeled book filled with only documents hidden away in the most secret bases only to found by future rebels! Oh sorry, terrorist

Another challenge is that not all teachers are willing to change and "video themselves".. And that kind of change can also lead to only the best teachers who can reach the most number of students via online be the ,most efficient. If more people would have the necessary tools to be a able to access education online there would be greater learning just because of the self paced learning, option to pause n play back especially to the topic of difficulty and option to simultaneously cross reference

The goals of schools are still the same. Doesnt matter which tools you use. Still you have to learn stuff you dont want to learn. Most of what you have to learn you dont need in later live. So much wasted time. I started the real learning when I got out of the school.

This video is just about pointing out the obvious and passing general statements linking technology and schools. Nothing inspiring here. You needed to give specific examples and present the benefits in a step-by-step manner.

Schools are so far out of the technological loop its ridiculous. It up to the students themselves to use websites like the khan academy to help themselves.

power of tech in education ? utilization, understanding maybe. an archaic educational system and teachers also mentioned too much. nobody taught the Wright fly, all i need is information. i believe instructional institutions R a little scared that they may not be needed any more and this video is showing this to me.

listen we are in a crisis. enough with this masked capitalist agenda .we need to change eeducation to stress critical reasoning. enough of the superficial bsget to the root of the problem .

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