TOPIC: The future of personalized education using technology
FINDING: Education systems need to adapt to be technology driven in order that the next generation
be equipped with a skill set required to be successful in the global economy. Currently young adults
exiting University do not feel prepared to work with technology unless they have specifically trained to be
in a technological field. Education system’s need to change their approach to encourage creative thinking
within a technological framework.
IMPLICATIONS: Although most people realize the importance of the use of technology in the
classroom, not many have taken their thinking to the level of Zhao, Khan or Thrun, where education
can be, should be, central in the delivery of education. These three leaders in education have been
developing ways to make this possible. Education is one of the largest social constructs that exists.
Changing the way education is delivered, from assembly line, compliance driven, somewhat local
expression to a personalized education taking into consideration skill levels, personalities, IQ’s, areas
of passion in relationship to the global community has the potential to change not just education, but
government and company management to our personal lives. This would change the role of the teacher
and could possibly lead to their current role becoming obsolete.
Zhao – “Common Core standards — and tests used to measure whether students have met them — fail to capture the problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills needed for success in a global economy.”
Thrun – “Will we invest $100 million into a class the same way today we invest $100 million into a great movie? What would that do for the quality of education? A lot of people are arguing that the future will be somewhere in the flipped space, where you combine human services and classroom experiences with digital materials. Is that the true answer, or is there a way to deliver everything online? I think the question is still open. The biggest challenge that we face is to fully build this new medium to its potential.”
Khan – “Would either of you hire somebody whose education came solely from online classes or MOOCs?
SK: If you’re talking about the skills that we’re hiring for, the stuff that’s typically learned in college or graduate school, then absolutely. In fact, we already have. We recently hired two people and we didn’t even know what their degrees were, if they even had degrees. We hired them because of the work they did on the computer science platform on Khan Academy.”