Week 1

Week 1 — Emerging Tech Trends Overview

My initial post of the week was a response to the Edtech article about emerging trends. One piece of the puzzle that I felt was left out is funding for education. Many teachers, such as myself, rely on websites such as DonorsChoose.org. Rather than relying on the state of Alaska, the school district, or my principal, to fund more tech, I ask the public to donate money toward my projects. In four years of teaching, here’s what businesses have donated to my classroom: two video cameras, a Surface Pro, an iPad Pro, a MacBook Air, and four Chromebooks.

Later in the week, Jason asked me if I would support AI apps in my classroom if money wasn’t an issue. I responded by saying yes, but only if I really got to know the AI first. The more I thought about this response, the more I realized that I don’t really do that in my classroom. I have students explore programs all the time — programs that I am not completely familiar with (i.e. Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects). I also thought about what he meant by artificial intelligence. When I think of AI, I immediately think Siri and Alexa because they are AI imitating a human voice. The Getting Smart article defines AI as, “the ability of machines to display “cognitive” functions like learning or problem-solving.” This definition tells me that AI is more than just saying, “Hey Siri.” As an educator, AI could be a program that grades an essay or gives students feedback on their writing. AI could be a program that gives students suggestions on further learning when they don’t understand a concept. AI could also be in the form of artificial intelligent-empowered educational games.

According to this Getting Smart article, it’s predicted that the use of AI could grow 47.5 percent in the next three years. I believe it. The article could have addressed the fact that 5G networks will soon take over our country. These 5G networks will have the ability to power devices that need sophisticated AI such as driverless cars, smartphones, and many other devices that do the work we once did by hand. With the increasing use of devices that use AI, educators will need to keep up with the times more than ever to remain a relevant resource.

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