As part of its “Intelligence Series” of conferences, the Atlantic Monthly, one of the nation’s longest-running publications, held a forum on Tuesday to discuss the future of technology in education. Hosted at the Gallup Building in Washington, D.C., the Atlantic convened nonprofit, industry, and government representatives for the day to exchange thoughts on the role of educational technology in preparing students for employment in high-tech sectors, as well as more narrow topics, such as game-based education.
Individualized Educational Experiences
Technology presents an opportunity to create individualized educational experiences, bringing a 30:1 student-to-teacher ratio as close as possible to individual tutoring. By using the latest technology, teachers can differentiate between advanced students and slower-paced learners in their classes, assigning them different exercises based on their skill level. Students are challenged with educational programs that target their specific weaknesses (i.e. targeting verb conjugation with one student, while focusing on noun practice with another).