Keynote Title: The Educational Software Gold Rush - How the Learning Sciences and Advanced Technology Can Lead the Way
Keynote Lecturer: Dr. Bruce McLaren
Keynote Chair: Dr. Susan Zvacek
Presented on: 06-05-2013
Abstract: In today's world, young people are immersed in technology and thus expect it to play a key role in their education. In tune with this trend, there has been a proliferation of internet-based learning software, educational games, and instructional technology, such as Cognitive Tutors (carnegielearning.com), Study Island (studyisland.com), BrainPop (brainpop.com), Civilization (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilization_IV) and the Khan Academy (khanacademy.org). Many schools provide their students with tablet computers so they can access this ever-widening variety of online learning software. Yet, in the midst of this "gold rush" toward educational software, are we on a firm foundation? Important questions emerge: Can the Learning Sciences and advanced technology – most specifically artificial intelligence – lead us on a path toward the “gold”? What still needs to be done to "mine the gold" of educational technology? In this talk I will discuss how science and technology have and are coming together to support the educational software gold rush. Together, the Learning Sciences and advanced technology, I conjecture, can lead the way toward the design and development of the best possible learning environments for 21st century students.
Presented at the following Conference: CSEDU, International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Conference Website: csedu.org