To survive or thrive—the future of education

Education In Transition

The unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19 are creating new expectations for schools, teachers, parents and students. It has shined a bright light on our education systems and unfortunately exposed some substantial issues. From inequitable access, inconsistent lesson instruction and varied learning delivery, if ever there was a moment for schools and the technology community to come together to address modern education, it is now. We have an opportunity to rethink education by helping educators improve the classroom experience. Building a modern foundation that includes an interoperable technology platform that scales and allows for flexible, equitable access and engaged personalized learning wherever the student is located.

The Smart Classroom Everywhere

As parents, we have realized that our children must be better engaged in the classroom. For example, take an interactive digital board loaded with creative content demonstrates what’s possible to enable a higher level of interactive teaching and learning. The classroom can interact, engage, create, record, store, and sync content to allow accessible and collaborative experiences across multiple mediums.

The transition from analog to digital is what’s expected today by the digital natives, creating a smart-enabled classroom that can deliver highly interactive experiences. The growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G technologies are also shaping the education ecosystem. Here are some additional trending examples:

  • Shifting teachers’ work to more value-added tasks: Grading papers is a time-consuming process. In India, schoolteachers can use optical character recognition-based AI applications to automate this process, allowing teachers to focus on lesson plans and student needs.
  • Improving teachers’ ability to gauge students’ comprehension of material: In Taiwan and China, schools are using AI-based vision applications to assess student’s understanding of new concepts to help teachers determine if adjustments are needed for optimal learning.
  • Personalized digital maps: In the United States, there is an emphasis on figuring out how to create a learning journey for each student from self-assessment through validated learning, to ensure the student is maximizing their education. Digital maps could provide educators with valuable insights regarding students and their needs.
  • Closing the inequitable access gap: To reduce the inequitable access gap, Intel and our partners are now looking to create solutions that would utilize 5G’s high capacity and speed. Plus, the smaller infrastructure would extend to those hard to reach locations. We aim to partner with 30 governments and 30,000 institutions worldwide to empower more than 30 million people with AI skills training for current and future jobs. The Intel® AI for Youth program, for example, empowers students to learn while creating their own social impact projects.

One key takeaway from the pandemic is the critical role of the teacher. Teachers’ roles have become more complex with many priorities needing their attention. For those of us who work in the technology sector, we need to focus on creating solutions that would allow teachers to focus on the highest value work—teaching, nurturing and coaching. We can make technology be the invisible thread that connects the teaching and learning experience and offers valuable insights that can improve student’s experience.

Starting Now, A New Way of Learning

As we look ahead to fall, educators are defining what the future of school will look like and the most effective way for children to learn, given our current pandemic constraints. This exploration creates the perfect opportunity to address how technology can help solve and alleviate some of education’s biggest challenges.

Imagine if we had an easy-to-use open platform, that allows highly engaged and collaborative learning. As a result, educators would have a more flexible platform to deliver relevant content and various teaching approaches, dynamically addressing student’s learning needs.

Intel, alongside our technology partners, are poised to address these challenges, while recognizing that there are unique dimensions such as country, culture, and format of schools that must be considered. Together—educators, students, and the greater technology ecosystem—will be able to find creative solutions that best meet students’ needs. Embracing innovations that improve the school system will help shape the future of education, creating a learning environment that students demand.

Listen to watch the latest webinar called, “2020 Education Disrupted – What can we learn?“, featuring International Society for Technology in Education CEO Richard Culatta, ViewSonic CTO Craig Scott, Intel VP Joe Jensen, and Intel GM Wei Oania.

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Wei Huang Oania

About Wei Huang Oania

Wei Huang Oania is the Education Vertical GM in Intel Internet of Things Group. She leads a worldwide team responsible for driving the market growth, and creating innovations based on Intel® architecture computing solution into Education and Corporate segments. With 15+ years at Intel, Wei has held various engineering and marketing management positions, and she is a recognized leader in many of our data centric business, including telecommunication, retail, banking, and education. Wei holds a Computer Science degree and an MBA from Arizona State University.