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Reflections From 2017 for the Journey Ahead

Reflections From 2017 for the Journey Ahead

What have we learned about the forces that shape education?

As we enter a new year, there’s still plenty of growing up to do for the edtech community. Technology can create just as many problems as it solves, and 2017 found educators, entrepreneurs, writers and researchers wrestling with inequities around who can afford to use learning tools—and who gets funding to build them. Left unchecked, writes futurist Bryan Alexander, “putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities.”

But education technology also made some positive breakthroughs for learners and their instructors. Online communication, argues Level Up Village CEO Amy McCooe, will continue to build community in ways that “broaden our horizons in terms of how we relate to each other across geographies and cultures.” Deeper collaboration, adds author Jeffrey Selingo, will be how people and institutions adapt to a seemingly blistering pace of change.

Perhaps what we need most is balance, advises educator Laurie Guyon to her colleagues, students and the broader education community.

Below we’ve invited some of the edtech community’s most seasoned champions and sharpest critics to share on lessons learned in 2017, and what’s in store ahead. We kick off this guide with eight reflections; more will be added through the first week of the new year.

We know you have as many thoughts as we do on what the next year will bring in education technology. We want to hear them, and invite you to also reflect. Tweet your musings to us @EdSurge with the hashtag #edtech2018.

Lessons for 2018

Market Trends

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools

11 MONTHS AGO

Learning Research

From Good Intentions to Real Shortcomings: An Edtech Reckoning

11 MONTHS AGO

Technology Tips

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

11 MONTHS AGO

Data Privacy

Confronting K-12 Cybersecurity and the End of Innocence

11 MONTHS AGO

Diversity and Equity

There Is No Equity in Education Without Equitable Funding for Entrepreneurs

11 MONTHS AGO

A New Hope

Enterprises

4 Augmented and Virtual Reality Projects That Point to the Future of Education

10 MONTHS AGO

Learning Research

Why We Must Embrace Benevolent Friction in Education Technology

11 MONTHS AGO

Personal Learning Networks

​Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

11 MONTHS AGO

Professional Development

3 Ways to Put Balance Back in Education in 2018

11 MONTHS AGO

Higher Education’s Future

Big Data

Measuring Learning Will Be Key to Improving It in 2018

11 MONTHS AGO

Open Educational Resources

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

11 MONTHS AGO

Higher Education

Deeper Collaboration Is the Answer to Higher Ed’s Challenges

11 MONTHS AGO

Higher Education

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

11 MONTHS AGO

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