A continual highlight of the year is when Mike Neri invites me to his Teacher Academy Class to talk about technology and education. It’s interesting to see how this talk doesn’t really change much from year to year (perhaps an overestimation of the power of change).

Still, I always think it’s good to peer into the future and read the edu-tea leafs. It’s fun.

Technology disrupts. How will it disrupt education?

For this presentation, I’m going to cover a few concepts.

  1. Technology trends (as I see them) in education.
  2. The greater impact of technology on society – particularly work.

I’ll base and build this off previous conference presentations given at OETC, OSBA, and the like.

Technology Trends in Education (2017)

Will Teachers Be Replaced?

For that matter, will schools be replaced?

I want to explore how the digital revolution and the growth in the capacity of machines to perform larger cognitive tasks will affect the teaching profession. A fear frequently expressed by technology reluctant educators is that technology may displace many of their functions as a teacher. We’ll examine the validity of this fear by viewing past and current trends in technology and how these trends have impacted various careers. We will raise questions about future job opportunities for students as well.

The Presentation

References

Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy

By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee: A fairly concise book that explores the relationship between technological advances and its impact on society, particularly the job market.

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Follow up to Race Against the Machine.

Welcome Robot Overlords. Please Don’t Fire Us?

A variation of the Brynjolfsson and McAfee arguments. Excellent demonstration of Moore’s Law. Also does a pretty solid job of explaining income growth tied to capital.

Coming to an Office Near You

Economist article outlining the impact of technological advances on all jobs.

December 1, 2017

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