The Biggest Trends in Education Technology Today

In this interview, President and CEO Tim Loudermilk discusses with AlvaEDU’s Editor, Michelle de Carion, the current trends in education technology and forecasts the future of online learning.

Tim LoudermilkWhat do you anticipate will be the biggest trend in education technology this year?

I think full immersion of tablets is really what’s happened. And it’s not something that’s been led by academia; it’s been led by students. If you think about 10 years ago, no one walked in with their own computer, or maybe they would have a heavy computer they would use. But whether or not we want to put education on tablets, every student is walking into class carrying one. So I think the popularity of the Nexus tablets from Google and the iPad is an enormous factor in education. But I don’t mean just using them as a browser. Sure, everybody can use them as a browser. That’s great. You can use your phone as a browser. We could do that 10 years ago.  But today, their walking in and really embedding content on the iPad and using it like no other device. I think five or six years ago, everyone thought that Internet growth was the most powerful thing that was ever going to happen. Well, I don’t think you find today’s youth sitting in front of a computer. You find them with their tablet or with their smartphone out. In the world, I think this is going to have the biggest impact. So getting ready for that and taking advantage of it is really the next “big thing” in my opinion; and it’s happening right now. Continue reading

Inside AlvaEDU: Dr. James Canton Interview with Tammy Lawrence

This is the sixth video in our series with Dr. James Canton–advisor to AlvaEDU. In this piece, our Damage Studios team member Tammy Lawrence talks with Canton about the importance of engaging students with media. She explains how this is an exciting time to create interactive learning environments since we are in the midst of creating the future.

Watch the video and stay tuned-in with The Lab for the last video in this series, which we will be posting soon. We hope you enjoy this short and exciting clip.

Inside AlvaEDU: Dr. James Canton Interview with Luciano Araujo

Dr. James Canton talks with “top geek”, Luciano Araujo–who is our Vice President and Chief Software Architect–about what makes AlvaEDU such an innovative technology company. Luciano explains our new solution, which interacts with other current university systems, provides state-of-the-art tablet applications, and open platforms for professors. This new tool is easy to use, upgradeable, and powerful yet elegant. Take a look at this video and learn more about it!

The Evolution of Education

Creating Learning for the Next Generation

The average schoolchild probably doesn’t know anything about Prussia, Horace Mann, or the complexities of government regulation. However, their lives and futures are being shaped by them right now.

Horace_Mann_by_Armstrong_&_Co_1875Horace Mann was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1837 and was the most influential person in shaping the American Public Education System. By reading, researching, and visiting other countries like Prussia, he developed the first, widely-used system of education in America.

At the time, the Prussians had one of the top education systems in the entire world. By 1900, all of the PhDs in the U.S. had been attained in Prussia. Teachers would go overseas to study, earn their degrees, and then return to the U.S. to begin working in the leading universities.

However, Prussia’s main goal in setting up their unique-style of education was not just to teach children the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also to instill in them strong loyalty and obedience to the government.

Children were taught how to follow orders, complete tasks quickly, and maintain order in every area of their lives. Yet the values of self-expression, creativity, and critical thinking skills were excluded. Giving the individual the right to solve problems and create was discouraged because of the fear of rebellion against the throne.

When Horace Mann adopted this system of education in America and pushed it to be used across the country, he was actually inhibiting children by not instilling in them key necessary skills and values for success.

Today, schools are still largely focused on pushing students to complete tasks instead of allowing them to solve problems on their own and create new solutions.

At AlvaEDU, our goal is to instigate an evolution of education that enables students to attain a more hands-on learning experience. By giving them new digital tools, men and women will not only gain immense success in their fields, but also attain important values they can use in their everyday lives, such as creativity and critical thinking.

This is an excerpt from interviews with Dr. James Canton on January 31, 2014.

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