This article is cross-posted from edtechtimes.com, where I currently serve as editor-in-chief.
In Part II of this Q&A with Adam Lupu & Adam Schwem of The Delta PRogram, the founders expand on their written answers on ETT’s questions, talking more about the future of education technology and how the products of the ed tech future should work.
Reminder: The application window for this program closes today Monday, July 1—watch their video and read all about it here. There’s still time to sign on to this exciting opportunity! Details about the program appear in Part I of this Q&A.
Hear more from Adam & Adam here:
ETT: Where do you see education technology going in the next 5 years?
AL & AS: As blended learning models and “flipped” classroom approaches become more prevalent, there will likely be a continuing shift in the way students interact with the type of learning that schools provide. K-12 learners will have more flexibility in how they learn new skills or interact with new content. While higher-ed will start to adapt new programs that more consistently support job placement. This makes for very fertile ground in education both nationally and internationally. In this ground we will plant the notions that learning technologies should be more about people than products, that new devices alone are not a solution, and that what we build must be informed by the science behind how we learn. If we are successful, then 5 years from now, education technology will not be driven by new devices or new software, it will be driven by advancement in how people learn together.
ETT: What is the biggest trend in education technology that we should be watching?
AL & AS: Higher education is operating in a bubble. Faced with inflationary economic indicators like tuition rising at 1120% over 30 years, the excessive availability of financial aid, the devaluation of degrees due to so many being printed every year, the higher education bubble is about to burst. When that happens, new opportunities will open up for high school graduates and K-12 will no longer be seen as just a factory for college preparation. The entire educational system in this country will begin restructuring itself. What happens during that restructuring will dictate the next several decades of education nationally and globally. Watch for the signs that this is already happening. During this restructuring, we aim to make educational institutions take more responsibility for solving unemployment.
ETT: What do you think are the biggest obstacles in adopting technology in the education space?
AL & AS: The technology being built doesn’t solve any real problems and isn’t a joy to use. Most of the education products being shopped around require users to exert more energy to understand and apply the technology than the energy they could save by using it. This means adoption is negligible. We know how to make technology that tech novices can easily use, but not enough of us choose to.
ETT: If you could provide students nationwide with one education technology product, what would it be?
AL & AS: Smartboards. Just kidding. The technology every student should have is some kind of mobile device with access to the internet, plain and simple. From there we can craft a whole host of educational opportunities.
Thanks to Adam & Adam for talking to ETT about this opportunity! Special thanks to Sean Duffy of EdTech Austin Meetup and Ryan Lee for video.
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