Emerging Futures of Education

Issue 14
A major focus for us at LearnTech Lab is to continue to diligently do our own Horizon Scanning to inform all connected to education what the signals are saying.

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So from reviewing many forecasts on education technology and innovation and wider technology predictions, we suggest that the following are most likely to have the greatest impact on schools in 2020: 

Artificial Intelligence
(AI) use including conversations around facial recognition, privacy and ethical implications on children. 

Immersive technology use – VR and AR – will continue to rise and start to move into the professional learning space for teachers and leaders. 

This week, we’ve included some articles that relate to our technology predictions for 2020. If you have a particular query or interest in something you read, don’t hesitate to reach out.
How Artificial Intelligence will impact K12 teachers

A recent McKinsey report found that new and existing technologies have the potential to save approximately 13 hours of teacher time per week in the areas of class preparation, evaluation and feedback. 

As K through 12 use grows, researchers consider its impact on children

This article implores schools and educators to consider the positive and negative impacts of augmented reality technologies on young learners, purely because there just isn’t enough information yet to hash out potential side effects. 

Emotion Cues: AI knows whether students are paying attention

Nowadays, facial recognition software is most prevalent in face ID unlocking devices, public security services and smart payment systems, however, research out of Hong Kong analyses emotion cues of students to help teachers determine a student’s engagement in their class. 

Empathy in Artificial Intelligence

If AI is to move toward artificial general intelligence, then the ability to feel and respond to empathy is essential and if appropriately planned, could improve our comprehension of circumstances and make common sense the ‘only’ sense. 
All the best, 

Angela O’Sullivan & Nick Burnett
Co-Founders | LearnTech Lab