IBM Predicts Next 5 Life-Changing Tech Innovations
IBM unveils its annual "5 in 5" list of technology breakthroughs that promise to change how we work and live within five years. Real promise or PR fantasy?
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Classrooms learn you
If children can't learn the way we teach, why don't we teach the way they learn? This question captures IBM's vision for learning classrooms that track the progress of each student and then personalize coursework accordingly. Teachers naturally adapt to the needs of each student, but IBM says cloud-based systems will "go much further" by automatically creating customized lesson plans and tailoring coursework for specific careers. This will enable schools to "reach more students in more meaningful ways," says IBM. With students leaning at their own pace, we'll move beyond the tyranny of grades.
IBM scientists are putting these theories to the test in a research project with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, and it says big data analytics will predict performance and learning needs and then align learning content and techniques with specific students. Sounds good in theory, but we've also recently seen great expectations for massive open online courses (MOOCs) that haven't been met. So is IBM onto something, or is this one of those predictions that's too good to be true?
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