Hope on the horizon: Education


MIT faculty and researchers offer their thoughts on potentially life-altering
technologies that lie just around the corner.

Eric Klopfer

Scheller Career Development Professor of Science Education and Educational Technology

The economy of tomorrow will be determined by the students today. As we begin to realize that strict standards-based education has squeezed out much of what makes the U.S. education system unique, new solutions will be required. Solutions that emphasize creativity and innovation, qualities that have become the envy of the rest of the world, will be required. Look for schools to embrace systems that emphasize and enhance these characteristics, including games, media, collaboration and social networking. These products will bridge the widening gap between what students do in and out of school. Solutions such as these, which incorporate both services and software, could be the next frontier for schools, providing business opportunities and preparing for future innovation.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 21, 2008 (download PDF).


Topics: Technology and society, Education, teaching, academics, Faculty

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