Personalization is the Key to Transforming Education

Personalization is the key to transforming education plus four more stories of the day.

by / April 18, 2018 0

1. Personalization is the key to transforming education. Today’s adaptive technology allows us to personalize our news, shopping, media, and even fast-food orders. We must now employ this innovation in our schools to personalize education for our students. I’m a millennial Teach For America alumnus who was elected in 2016 to lead the public schools in North Carolina. Here I am considered an education reformer. But this technology is more than an “education reform”; it is how we transform education for students, parents, and educators. Every side of the debate should support this transformation to help us break our current performance gridlock.

2. The role of technology in the great higher education transformation. So what is the business of higher education? It is all the areas of a college or university not related to academics. This would include admissions, record keeping, billing, housing, report generation, compliance, food service, athletic administration, human resources, business office, payroll, information technology (IT), fundraising, facilities management and many others. Effective use of technology in these areas holds untold potential to transform higher education by introducing significant efficiencies and dramatic cost reductions in serving students.

3. Thomas Dolby: college can be made more affordable, accessible through technology. Dolby, a longtime musician and professor at Johns Hopkins University, said the gap "between the haves and the have nots" is widening in society, thanks to the ever-increasing price of attaining a college degree. It is a gap that could be bridged using technology, he said during one of the Labs@Light City sessions Wednesday. It can cost between $50,000 and $70,000 to go to school at one of the top universities in the country, and a public university education can cost young people as much as their first house would, Dolby said. Plus, most students graduating college today are saddled with enormous debt that follows them for years after they leave school. But Dolby sees potential for technology to disrupt the traditional university education model, the way it has in the transportation and hospitality industries.

4. States can and must include postsecondary enrollment data on report cards. Most states publicly report postsecondary enrollment data, but few make that information easily available on their school report cards. When this information is scattered across websites, it is more difficult to find and harder for people to understand whether students are successfully transitioning to college once they leave high school. To make postsecondary enrollment data more meaningful, states must include it in their report cards. This will make it easier for parents, school leaders, educators, and the community to understand the quality of their schools and answer important questions.

5. 5G to become the catalyst for innovation and IoT. 5G represents a fundamental shift in communication network architectures. It promises to accelerate future revenue generation through innovative services facilitated via 5G-enabled devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and Internet-of-Things (IoT). 5G deployments are envisioned as a complex amalgamation of next-generation technological enhancements to telecommunication networks, which will help 5G become the catalyst for next-generation IoT services.

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Susan Gentz Contributing Writer
Susan is passionate about transforming education for every student and works on content for the Center for Digital Education. She loves policy, running and biking, and is a proud Iowa native.