Innovator | Educator | Activator
Career pathways strategist and consultant connecting K-14 and higher education to the classroom and workforce of the future. I stand at the intersect of education and workforce collaboration with expertise in intersegmental systems alignment, workforce development, and immersive technologies in the classroom and business and industry. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to thrive in education, the workforce, and life, and that we must rise together.
The Pandemic Has Accelerated Demands for a More Skilled Work Force
Economists, business leaders and labor experts have warned for years that a coming wave of automation and digital technology would upend the work force, destroying some jobs while altering how and where work is done for nearly everyone.
In the past four months, the coronavirus pandemic has transformed some of those predictions into reality. By May, half of Americans were working from home, tethered to their employers via laptops and Wi-Fi, up from 15 percent before the pandemic, according to a recent study.
The rapid change is leading to mounting demands — including from typically opposing groups, like Republicans and Democrats, and business executives and labor leaders — for training programs for millions of workers. On their own, some of the proposals are modest. But combined they could cost tens of billions of dollars, in what would be one of the most ambitious retraining efforts in generations.
“This is the moment when we should make a significant public investment,” said David Autor, a labor economist at M.I.T., “when we should have a Marshall Plan for ourselves.”
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6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Change Education in the 2020s
Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to change each and every aspect of human society. Be it in the form of automatic parking systems, mobile check deposits, social media feeds or countless other technologies that we interact with on a daily basis – Artificial Intelligence is practically everywhere. And pretty soon, it will completely reshape the academic world.
Already, educational procedures globally have transformed to integrate different applications of AI. With learning material accessible through smartphones and tabs – students now don’t have to rely on conventional books. Meanwhile, online institutes are emerging throughout the globe, creating whole new opportunities for people to learn without leaving their homes.
But as the world adapts automation for greater proficiency, education in the near future will be something completely different than it is today.
1. Automation of Grading Will Free Up Teacher’s Time
Teachers in modern academic settings spend a great bit of their time in administrative duties such as grading the students. However, technology can help in automating this task, leaving teachers with more time to spend on educating their pupils. Moving forward, software that can grade written answers and essays will also be implemented in educational institutions. This means that not only will the teacher be able to better utilize hours they spend grading quizzes, but any complaints of unfair grading by bias teachers will also become redundant. School administration board will be another department that will transform through AI as processing and classification of paperwork become automated.
2. Personalized Learning Will Cater to Student’s Individual Needs
We live an era of personalization. Everything from our Netflix recommendations to the ads we receive on Facebook is based on our personal preferences. In fact, even the retail business has become much more personalized due to AI.
3. AI Will Help in Identifying Gaps in Learning
Teachers have to maintain a certain pace to cover the syllabus in a short span of time. This inevitably creates gaps in their lectures and instructional material which leaves many students confused.
The academic world might finally have the solution to this problem with assistance from AI. Students will be able to engage in an intelligent, personalized conversation with a program and get instant feedback to clear up their concepts without depending on the instructor. The same program can also alert the instructor about gaps in learning so they may get the students up to speed.
4. Smart Content Will Be Used More Prevalently
Companies like Cram101 and JustThatFacts101 use AI to help students to learn more efficiently. The former breaks down textbook content into a more understandable “smart” guide that includes multiple choice practice tests, flashcards and chapter summaries. The latter highlights important bits of the books and creates chapter-specific summaries that are cataloged and made available on platforms like Amazon.
Smart Content is being utilized in a number of educational institutions. Likewise, it is also applied by websites to attract relevant visitors. “For us, smart content means creating an experience based on past behavior of the visitor, ” explains Content Manager of EMUCoupon “This includes factors such as location, language, demographics and device type.”
In the academic context, this concept includes customizable learning interfaces and digital learning guides. Some of these platforms provide interactive content, feedback, exercises, and thorough assessments. Instructors can benefit from these platforms by creating customizable agendas and content that’s easily accessible to the students.
As smart content gets even smarter, simulations and advance self-assessments will be integrated into this technology.
5. Online Education Will Continue to Grow
AI would remove international boundaries from education. Already, online education is more widespread than ever before. A recent study concluded that over six million American students are currently enrolled in distance education. As AI continues to transform education, more and more students will prefer to enroll in digital classes. Meanwhile, governments of developing countries will invest in AI-empowered online education to make high-quality education more accessible in rural areas.
6. Facial Recognition Might Come into Play
In China, schools have begun to identify students through facial scans thus eliminating the need for Student IDs. Once they’re in the classroom, a camera scans students’ faces every 30 seconds to determine whether they’re paying attention or not.
If not, the parents and teachers are notified. Of course, this application of AI remains extremely controversial with critics calling it a form of surveillance. Although one cannot expect face-scanning cameras in the schools of London and Chicago any time soon, this system might be replicated across China.
Conclusion: Education As We Know it Will Change
Although we’re not at a point where AI robots are replacing human teachers, machines will play a huge role in classrooms going forward. Technology will collaborate with teachers to create a system where students learn faster, better and with increased efficiency. AI will take some tasks off the teachers’ hands, allowing them to focus elsewhere.
With AI grading students, developing a personalized curriculum, identifying gaps, creating smart content and making education more accessible –the teachers will become coaches or facilitators. They will guide students in the right direction while AI lights the way.
From Action to Impact Faculty Institute
I will be teaching Wednesday, 4/28/2021 Instructional Strategies for the Digisphere and Thursday, 4/29/2021 Measuring Up: Assessing Instructional Effectiveness
Preparing Students for College and Career Success 4/26/2021-6/04/2021
The potential of all students to achieve academic and career success is a fundamental precept of the 21st century career counselor. The 21st century career counselor is both advocate and leader. This interactive course will engage participants with both research-proven best practices and practical hands-on curriculum. Participants will learn strategies to actively engage the students they counsel in the planning of college and career goals while also teaching them a learning a methodology on how to achieve those goals.
Course Number: EDUC-41605
Credit: 6.00 units
Education 3.0 The Classroom of the Future
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has begun, and with it comes the promise of a more converged world. But what does this mean to the way we are educating the leaders of tomorrow? How will these changes define the future of work and education? What will the classroom of the future be like? Join us for a day in the life of Education 3.0 In this two-hour session, you will become a student in the classroom of the future. Come experience, and actively engage as a student in the instructional practices, embedded immersive technologies (AR,VR, AI) and work-based learning that will be prevalent in the #futureofwork and #futureofeducation. There will be three, two hour sessions. Participants can choose one session. 9:00 - 11:00, 11:30 - 1:30, 2:00 - 4:00 Cost: $75 (Seating is limited to 20 participants.) Co-taught by Amy Kaufman, Global Co-Chair Universities and Colleges Committee VR/AR Association , and other education and immersive technology leaders (to be announced) Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Educating for Careers Session Speaker 2/27/2020 11:00-2:30
Designing Their Own Future: CPA Students in a 21st Century
Our students have grown up with technologies that are transforming the world. Often, their futures are created in a manner that excludes their voices. In this session, Amy Kaufman and Michelle Fortune of Narbonne High School’s Public Service Academy, share their Future of Work student coalition and their work around the future of work and education.
CCCAOE Pre-Conference Session Speaker 10/16/2019 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Bacon, Eggs, and Hashtags?
#futureofwork, #futureofeducation, #classroomofthefuture, #gigeconomy, #VR, #AR, #entrepreneurship, #employabilityskills, #apprenticeships We have all seen these hashtags widely circulating in education and workforce, but what do they really mean for our students, educational institutions, workforce, and our community-at-large? The world of work and education is undergoing a period of dramatic change.
No single actor—a government, business, individual, or educational institution can singularly prepare us for the changes ahead. Join this expert panel of voices that include, industry partners, community college practitioners, students, policy leaders, community members, and intermediaries as we actively engage with one another around proactively shaping a new, positive future of work and education. Participants will walk away with immediate applications on how to provide equitable & accessible futures of work and education for all students.
CAPR Panel Plenary 11/21/2019 9:30-10:50
Supporting Students on the Path to College and Career Success
Join me for CAPR (Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness) Conference 2019 brought to you by Teachers College, Columbia University. I will be joining a group of state leaders from around the country to discuss how developmental education has unfolded within their state systems. Discussion will include perspectives on the state’s role in developing reforms, how states are supporting colleges’ implementation, and the best approaches to evaluating their efforts
ACTE Conference Speaker 12/6/2019 11:45 - 12:45
The Future of Work is Right Here, Right Now
The future of work will be significantly influenced by the future of learning, and that is a future we must invest in and plan for now. Join us and discover how learning institutions and industry partners all over the world are using augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) to prepare students for college and careers in high-growth, high-wage and high-demand industries and how you can plan to integrate these immersive technologies into your programs.
The Dock, Ireland
Future of Work Global Research Tour Stop #1
University of Bergen
Future of Work Global Research Tour Stop #2
Waterford, Ireland King of the Vikings
Future of Work Global Research Tour Stop #3
University of Porto, Portugal
Future of Work Global Research Tour Stop #4