Assistive Technology in Education


In K–12, the New New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Curriculum

There is always a new new thing in technology. In contrast, in K-12, at the heart of the classroom is — and will be for the foreseeable future — the old old thing: curriculum. But, where is that curriculum, the fuel for the 1-to-1 classroom, going to come from? From the new new thing, of course – as we argue in this week’s blog post.

Tech Allows Workers, Students to Augment Knowledge in the Real World

New location-aware “knowledge injections” on the cloud-based EON Reality Augmented Virtual Reality platform provide contextual knowledge in real time, helping users to facilitate a manufacturing, maintenance, repair or operation procedure, and more.

Report: AI and Cognitive Systems Spending to Hit $12.5 Billion Worldwide This Year

The United States is expected to spend the most of any country on these two systems in 2017 — $9.7 billion, according to a report from the International Data Corporation.

Artificial Intelligence to Grow 47.5% in Education Over Next 4 Years

Artificial intelligence in the U.S. education sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.5 percent during the period 2017-2021, according to a new report.

Chinese Robotics Startup Wins Two Awards for Excellence in Product Design

Makeblock, a DIY and STEM education robotics construction company, has received the Red Dot Award 2017 for product design for two products: Airblock, a modular and programmable drone designed for STEM education; and Neuron, a programmable building blocks platform that teaches kids gadget building.

Quizlet Debuts Study Feature That Helps Students Study Efficiently

To help students kick bad study habits, Quizlet has added a new feature to its app that enables them to study more efficiently and effectively using machine learning and cognitive science. The new Quizlet Learn feature was unveiled onstage at the SXSWedu conference taking place this week in Austin.

Smartphones Are Gaining on Humans in Literacy

Does it matter to the world if more smartphones than people will be able to read and write within the next 10 years? A new push to promote human literacy believes it does.

Google Debuts Troll-Fighting AI Tool to Moderate Online Comments

To help combat internet trolls, Google’s technology incubator Jigsaw and Counter Abuse Technology Team have launched an early-stage technology that uses machine learning to help identify toxic comments online.

Outsmarting the Machine: Redesigning Education to Make Students, Teachers Relevant in the Algorithm Age

With the advancement of algorithms and artificial intelligence expected to impact the economy and job market, should there be an algorithm curriculum worked in through K–12? The Pew Research Center’s Lee Rainie discusses how research and development in algorithms will impact K–12, higher education and the next-generation labor force.

Artificial Intelligence is Not the Silver Bullet for K–12

Due to a number of high profile successes (e.g., beating the world Go champion) recently, Artificial Intelligence technologies have been receiving a great deal of attention by companies and by the press. K–12 doesn’t want to be left out! But, in this week’s blog post we argue that, for good reason, K–12 shouldn’t be looking to AI to solve its problems.

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