A.I. Is Scary
In this episode, Kristy and Ricky discuss the ed tech news of the week and talk about a few frightening A.I. articles that have them questioning the future of ed tech and even the world.
Ed Tech News RunDown
A.I. and The 4th Industrial Revolution
Ed scoop reports that Technology directors are buzzing about artificial intelligence, A.I. and A new report from CoSN explains how it could work in K-12. CoSN, or Consortium for School Networking’s 2018 conference, A.I. is certaily a hot topic but the CEO of CoSN mentioned that we are at the beginning of the 4th Industrial Revolution and I may be out of the loop but it is the first time I’ve heard that said. I think this really speaks to the uncertainty of what all of this means for education. In industry we can see how self driving cars and trucks will change the shipping industry but we still don’t know exactly how A.I. will change education. I think it is easier to imagine the humanity taken out of shipping and other industries than it is to imagine humanity taken out of education. I feel like our normal lives are slowly turning into SyFi movies but the one thing we can control is making sure our connections with students on a human level remain an integral part of the process and then maybe A.I. doesn’t feel so scary.
New Arms Race in A.I.
Our next article is from the Wall Street Journal, not our typical source here at Ed Tech Weekly, but when I saw it, I knew it was one to talk about here. This article is titled “The New Arms Race in A.I.” This article focuses on how China is focusing on using A.I. for military warfare and “the US now finds itself in an escalating A.I. arms race.” One particular project that got the attention of US officials was a “program that could scan video from drones and find details that a human analyst would miss- identifying, for instance, a particular individual moving between previously undetected terrorist safe houses.”
4 Things to Know About Blockchain in Higher Ed
An Ed Tech Magazine article tells us 4 things experts want us to know about Blockchain in higher ed. For those unfamiliar with the term blockchain, it has recently gotten into the public eye because cryptocurrencies, like BitCoin, are based on this data architecture. Essentially Blockchain is data management that is not in one place behind one firewall but rather all over on different machines which makes hacking the data very difficult. This is an oversimplification but for our show I think that will be ok… we need to get Matt back on for an episode to really get more into it. So, the 4 things blockchain could help in higher ed are, 1) All Learning Experiences become trackable, Students Credentials become more accessible, More secure data provides more opportunities, and 4) It COuld Boost Open Education. If this is up your alley, you should definitely check out the article. If you are thoroughly confused, the best way I can sum it up is to say that having records that are more secure but also more inclusive of your entire experience could allow for better data sharing and also allow students to have online certificates be included with higher ed transcripts for more accurate and complete education records.
Early Warning Indicator Failures
This article from EdSurge describes failed attempts at a community college to implement an early warning indicator system to boost retention rates, and what the college is doing the third time that is different. Tallahassee Community College first tried an early alert system in the mid 2000s focusing on first time college students and in developmental education courses. Faculty were asked to flag students and students with two or more flags were alerted to the advising staff. This didn’t work so well and they switched to a third party provider called Starfish, but found they didn’t have the staff capacity to handle all of the flags, and failing to let students know they’ve been flagged and why. Tallahassee didn’t give up, and this fall implemented a third try with a different vendor and focusing on communication with students, documentation of interventions by faculty, and establishing a specific intervention team to handle the referrals. If you’re school is using or thinking about using an early warning indicator system, this article is worth checking out to not replicate their mistakes.
Check out Episode 78 Where we talk more about successful A.I. and Mabot.
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