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shamika
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shamika,
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1/30/2016 | 4:19:04 AM
Good initiative
This will definitely come in handy. Hope this will help in understanding student data better.
shamika
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1/30/2016 | 4:19:37 AM
Re: Good initiative
When it comes to student's data, what sort data in particular. Is it related to their study preferences/methods?
tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 12:22:19 PM
Re: Good initiative
"When it comes to student's data, what sort data in particular. Is it related to their study preferences/methods?"

@shamika: I think apart from the data that's captured through the conventional methods such as students' performance and their preferences, what needs to be captured are things like what is the attention span of students towards a particular teacher or duing a class, what teaching methods to the students react most favorably towards etc.
SachinEE
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1/30/2016 | 10:03:21 PM
Re: Good initiative
@Tzubair: you mean statistics right? It's a nice idea to get some statistics on what kind of teaching gets the most attention of the students. Suppose there is a system where a digital assistant can tell the teacher that the interest of students in class is rapidly decreasing and the teacher should be changing the way he/she teacher.
tzubair
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1/31/2016 | 1:12:48 PM
Re: Good initiative
"Suppose there is a system where a digital assistant can tell the teacher that the interest of students in class is rapidly decreasing and the teacher should be changing the way he/she teacher."

@SachinEE: Yeah that branch is called analytics and that's one of the applications of technology within the classroom. Collecting data that's not easily available through conventional means will give better insights through the analaytics system and perhaps lead to more improvement in the teaching methods.
yalanand
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1/31/2016 | 2:00:16 PM
Re: Good initiative
@ tzubair: I think an analystics system is required for anything to work in the future. We talk about improving the quality of education, and I think analytics would play a direct role in this experiment.
shamika
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1/31/2016 | 1:28:38 AM
Re: Good initiative
@tzubair Identifying the teaching methods will definitely help to understand how useful it was. I think the main purpose of these researches should increase productivity and knowledge of the students. Otherwise it will be a waste of time and money.
tzubair
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1/31/2016 | 1:22:55 PM
Re: Good initiative
 

"I think the main purpose of these researches should increase productivity and knowledge of the students. Otherwise it will be a waste of time and money."

@shamika: Yeah that's the end goal but can't be achieved directly without any intermediate milestones. Once the technology enables a better learning process, the knowledge and productivity will increase. To get there, one has to focus on the process and see what can be improved.
yalanand
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1/31/2016 | 1:56:56 PM
Re: Good initiative
@Shamika: It indeed would, but if we are talking about data mining business, then this would be actually fruitful because this experiment would create new data to use and analyze for future experiments, and then these archives can be referenced if we come to a halt in a particular experiment. Meanwhile students would face the brunt of it.
tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 12:10:04 PM
Avenue for growth
I think the next avenue of growth in technology will come in the area of education particularly at primary and secondary levels. Still a vast majority of students at school level are using little no technology at all. That presents an opportunity to integrate technology as part of the learning process through hardware and software. I would expect a lot of other companies to invest in this area.
progman2000
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1/30/2016 | 3:28:17 PM
Re: Avenue for growth
Most of the websites and integrated data systems at schools are still terrible too. It is obvious that schools are recognizing the need but there is still a huge gap to bridge.
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1/30/2016 | 10:00:26 PM
Re: Avenue for growth
@progman2000: schools are becoming more and more violent and unsafe for kids. I wouldn't be surprised if in 10 years time student sit for an all digital classroom, i.e. listen to a teacher give video lectures on Live air. Too bad the kids wouldn't have any social life then.
shamika
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1/31/2016 | 1:31:58 AM
Re: Avenue for growth
@sachin. I agree with you. I think at the moment there are virtual classes for students who are doing their higher studies. However don't you think this will not help the students to learn about interaction, team work?
yalanand
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1/31/2016 | 2:01:55 PM
Re: Avenue for growth
@Shamika: Of course it will not. Most children learn through examples than words.
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1/31/2016 | 6:11:41 AM
Re: Avenue for growth
I wasn't even thinking of it in a virtual classroom sense. I was talking from the perspective of a parent, viewing websites for homework, grading, letters from the school, etc. But you make a good point - virtual classrooms introduces a whole other wrinkle.
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1/31/2016 | 2:03:39 PM
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@progman: what do you think will be the scenario involving virtual classrooms, 10 years from now?
progman2000
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1/31/2016 | 3:26:03 PM
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Not sure - can't say I'm a big fan of early education using it though. I know kids are getting shot in schools, but I can't imagine not having the socialization of public and private schools remaining a vital part of growing up!
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1/30/2016 | 10:05:48 PM
Re: Avenue for growth
@Tzubair: You are correct. Integrating technology would mean students will find the fun in learning. Just like Duolingo. It makes learning a new language so much easier that you don't even want to keep a tutor
shamika
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1/31/2016 | 1:27:54 AM
Re: Avenue for growth
I agree. However it is also important to know the limits when integrating technology with the School curriculum.
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1/31/2016 | 12:45:11 PM
Re: Avenue for growth
"However it is also important to know the limits when integrating technology with the School curriculum."

@shamika: I agree. It's very important to ensure that technology doesn't interfere with other things and does not create any negative side-effects. The use of gadgets and apps is very useful, but if it results in something like children interacting less with each other, then we have a problem there.


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