Do You Care About The Classics?

My Audrey Watters’ tech savvy trend of 2012 is about two A’s: automation and artificial intelligence.

(If you have to look these words up, don’t be ashamed, I had to as well.)

Simply put, it speaks on the use of machines and information technologies to be the most productive regarding any certain service. These services can range from something as simple as brushing our teeth to driving and in an educational setting, teachers grading students work.

An example would be the pictured self-driving car or something a little less subtle like this here:

It seems like any little thing us humans can do to make the most of our 24 hours in a day, we’ll do. The technologies act as our cheat codes to save time during our daily routines. I could see why Automation and Artificial Intelligence were chosen as a Top Ed-Tech of 2012 because society has seemed to stray away from the ‘traditional’ way of doing things. It can be said that it began with something as little as replacing good ‘ol dish washing with an actual dish washing machine or skipping on plugging in the vacuum for Saturday morning chores and having the robot vacuum take care of the mess all on its own.

Even letting Siri text for us, make calls for us, put our appointments in our calendar for us and help us look for anything and everything just so we don’t have to use our ten little fingers are examples of how time has taken us from conventional to fancy.

In regards to efficiency and learning —

Why would we want to automate it? Why, for the sake of efficiency, of course. We have to scale. Process more students. We have to assess more content. Write more. Grade more. Test more. Cut costs. Etc.

Education may soon stray away from old fashioned paper, pencils and textbooks to laptops and smart boards. Pretty soon, we’ll start seriously questioning the purpose of a teacher in a classroom. Technology in education: is it really saving us time and money or is it in fact making us lazy and destroying us slowly. Some may favor one over the other and some can argue for both, but this will continue to be a debate. The question is who will win and if that answer is technology, what purpose would you and I serve?