Education is the foundation of any country’s future. It provides a path to good jobs and higher earning power. It can also foster the cross-border, cross-cultural collaboration required to solve the most challenging problems of our time.
A smarter education system would start by reducing waste and upgrading aging infrastructure—crucially important during an economic crisis, when funds are needed for improved instruction. But most importantly, smarter education will reshape learning not around administrative processes, but around the two key components of any education system: the student and the teacher. In order to achieve this transformation we need to understand the 3I capabilities Instrumented, Interconnected and Intelligent.
When Education systems are Instrumented, they …
- Assist day-to-day monitoring of student achievement and mastery of homework, quizzes, etc
- Gain real-time perspective into how a student or school is doing
- Help determine intervention needs; what is working across institutions and throughout student lifetimes
- Create shared services centers by state or regionally, saving billions of dollars
- Provide teachers and students with innovative tools to help accelerate both teaching and learning
- Enable individualized learning
- Remove classroom isolation
When education systems are interconnected, they …
- Allow teachers to access high quality lesson plans and innovative professional development opportunities – anywhere, anytime.
- Empower teacher collaboration across classrooms, schools and systems around the world, sharing best practices to meet student needs
- Allow students to easily collaborate for new learning opportunities.
- Connect to nonprofit agencies, providing child and family services, as well as after-school programs offering science and technology enhancements and arts and cultural opportunities
- Enhance partnerships with the private sector for resources, ideas, and new approaches to old problems
When education systems are intelligent, they …
- Provide leaders with tools and insights to make smarter system level decisions
- Gather, integrate, analyze and present information about key performance factors such as demographic trends, program effectiveness, benchmarks
- Data to inform decisions on resource allocations
- Give teachers data necessary to:
- spot troubling trends earlier and take action
- make better decisions on instruction and assignments
- meet each child’s individual learning needs
- ensure all children achieve at highest level
- instill a sense of common purpose in working toward goals.