Technology has already started replacing teachers
Posted July 15, 2015on:
There is an unfounded fear that technology will replace teachers. I emphasize “will replace” as the pointless fear because the process has already begun.
I do not mean replacements like the examples STonline gave recently as the “future” of education.
“Interactive” white elephant boards, digital natives, and mannequin-like robots are more like fantasy fiction when you consider the reality of education now.
So-called interactive white boards and substitutive robots reek of the past instead of the future. Digital natives do not exist except in the minds of those who choose to divide and create fear. The future does not lie in vendors’ lies, pop culture fantasy, or misguided research.
The current landscape paints a more plausible future of education and perhaps schooling.
There are already large fountains of information like YouTube and Wikipedia. There are just-in-time (JIT) and just-for-me (JFM) learning opportunities thanks to Google and personal learning networks (PLNs).
Soon we might not need teachers to deliver content; they will need to curate it. After that we might not need human curation as artificial intelligence learns to provide personalized learning JIT and JFM.
Students can already take advantage auto-correcting and grading services for their written work or they can rely on the crowd to rate and/or critique other digital artefacts in DeviantArt, Edmodo, Google Apps, Instagram, SoundCloud, WordPress, YouTube, etc. They can also have their paths prescribed by analytics systems like the one in Khan Academy.
Soon we might relieve teachers of the drudgery of grading so that they might rise above, see patterns, and provide diagnostics instead.
These technological breakthroughs have happened and will happen in a few areas: The delivery of content, the processing of context, and the deciphering of nuance. The first of these areas is almost overrun by technology as fed by people. The second is now the playground of AI. The third is still a largely human domain.
These advances are not threats to teachers. These are opportunities for better efficiency and effectiveness in educating our children. They are only threats to teachers who do not wish to change; they are opportunities for those that unlearn and relearn.
Technology has already started replacing teachers. What are you doing about it?