Education & Technology

There’s always been a debate as to how much technology is actually too much technology in various domains. This is true for technology in education as well. We have come a long way from the blackboard, chalk and duster classrooms to online classrooms that have students from around the world. Surely, not all of it is bad. In fact, technology seems to has made education evolve. Today, access to education is all pervasive because of technology.

Educational technology is the use of both physical hardware, software, and educational theoretic to facilitate learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Wikipedia

A primary purpose for employing instructional technology in schools is to enhance student learning. Has technology been successful in helping students learn more effectively and efficiently? Much research has been done on this question, but the answer is far from certain. StateUniversity.com

Some believe that education awards may help. Others do not seem to think so. There will always be debate on how much education excellence awards can help in the matter, or national education awards. Some are of the opinion that even the international education awards can’t help propagate technology in education. It has to be from the ground up and not the other way round, say a lot of people!

In medieval times, books were rare and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities. Individuals had to travel to centers of learning to get an education. Today, massive amounts of information (books, audio, images, videos) are available at one’s fingertips through the Internet, and opportunities for formal learning are available online worldwide through the Khan Academy, MOOCs, podcasts, traditional online degree programs, and more. Access to learning opportunities today is unprecedented in scope thanks to technology. Purdue University

Learning management systems, student information systems, and other software are also used to distribute assignments, manage schedules and communications, and track student progress. And educational software and applications have grown more “adaptive,” relying on technology and algorithms to determine not only what a student knows, but what his or her learning process is, and even his or her emotional state. EdWeek

Most people residing in Delhi believe that education awards in Delhi seem to help with promotion of educational institutions. While those residing in Mumbai, do not agree that education awards in Mumbai are of any such help. The response from Southern states of India was balanced with almost half of the respondents agreeing to the statement that education awards in Bangalore or for that matter, education awards in Bengaluru, can and do help institutions promote themselves, while the rest of the respondents strongly negated the same.

So, the debate is still on and it just might be years before it’s settled once and for all! What almost everyone agrees on though, is the fact that National Award for Teachers is something that can help motivate the teachers and raise the quality of teaching in our institutions. This is expected to enhance the employability of our students and help the country on the path to future growth.

New technologies like AI, machine learning, and educational software aren’t just changing the field for students, they’re shaking up the role of educators, creating philosophical shifts in approaches to teaching, and remodeling the classroom. BusinessInsider

Technology transforms the learning experience. Students have access to an incredible amount of new opportunities. From learning how to code to learning how to better collaborate across teams and with their instructors–technology empowers students to be more creative and be more connected. New tech has super-charged how we learn today. SecureEdge

Technology and Child Dentistry

As in all medical fields, technology is having an impact in dentistry. Dental professionals are seeing an influx of new and improved technology that can help them be more efficient and effective in their practice. Here’s a look at the latest in dental technology. Tioga Dental

In 2017, the first robot-led dental surgery was performed in China. A robot inserted two dental implants into a human woman’s mouth under the supervision of a human team, but the supervisors weren’t actively involved in the surgery. While not everyone may want a robot to operate on their mouth, this type of technology can mean huge improvements to dentistry around the world. Healthcare In America

However, what still remains a tough area for technological advances in dentistry is perhaps, pediatric dentistry. Even the best pediatric dentist would confirm, treating a child for dental problems is something that perhaps technology can’t handle right now. Being a dentist for kids is a tough task because of the amount of child psychology that comes into play while treating a kid. Only an experienced pedodontist is capable of being a successful child dentist and a robot would never know just how to manage a child patient.

In another news, new breakthroughs are creating “biomaterials” to fill cavities. For example, a joint project between Harvard and the University of Nottingham has created a synthetic biomaterial that could essentially allow a cavity to heal itself, a development with the potential to greatly reduce tooth deterioration that leads to expensive, painful root canals. Scientific American

Once again, as any pediatric dentist in India would confirm, treating a kid for dental problems is really tough. No amount of technology can make root canal treatment or pulpectomy for a child comfortable simply because a child is psychologically never fully prepared.

New solutions like nanotechnology based advanced toothpastes and rinses will be developed to help combat tooth decay and gum disease by changing the surface vulnerabilities/properties of teeth, and even repairing/strengthening teeth further, and at home remote-supervised 3D printed custom-made appliance therapy can straighten teeth and protect teeth from grinding, making orthodontics accessible to all. Journal Of M Health

Well, what hasn’t been developed and tested yet, will take a lifetime to reach the market. In the meanwhile, no one will wait. As the pediatric dentist in Noida recently said, “No matter what the dental emergency is, but when it is a child to be treated, one better have patience to be able to deliver, non only on dental parameters but also on the expectations of the parents or guardians accompanying the child.”

Politics & Technology Cocktail

The combination of politics and technology covers concepts, mechanisms, personalities, efforts, and social movements including but not necessarily limited to the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). – Wikipedia

The staggering distribution numbers, through channels like iTunes, YouTube, or podcasting websites, indicate that technology could play a critical role in the upcoming elections. What Will Technology Affect? Fundraising, The Power Of Political Pundits, Never Say Never, Pushing A Cause To The Forefront – FeedForAll

As has been evident in elections around the globe, political parties are greatly relying on technology to manipulate mass perceptions. Professional political consultants are leveraging the power of technology in the campaigns they design and execute for political candidates. Ethics pose a big question in these political campaigns. The line between truths, half-truths, and blatant lies, is seemingly fast disappearing due to what is possible through evil technology like deepfake videos in politics. With elections coming up in the state of Bihar later this year, political consultants in Bihar are said to be gearing up for a tough battle!

What lies ahead for the future of technology in politics. Chatbots, Information is More Available than Ever, Targeted Campaigns, Security and the Rise of New Issues, Social Influence and Interaction and finally, Politics is one of the most important aspects of modern-day society, and technology is already having a huge impact on the way we view political affairs. Staying current with new technological advances is proving to be critical for both the masses and politicians striving to represent themselves as leaders. Business2Community

Social media can be a politician’s best friend and their worst enemy. Candidates are aware of the fact that everyone they meet along their campaign trail has a smartphone they can use to catch them at the worst for the public’s amusement and become popular for all the wrong reasons. Studio14

When asked about the impact of mobile phones, the internet and social media on various political behaviors and attitudes, people in these nations tend to express seemingly dual views of how technology has brought “more” to society: that it has made people more informed, yet more manipulatable; more divided, yet sometimes more accepting of others. Pew Research

The digital divide is real — that much is undeniable. But it’s going to take more than an app or social media play to fix the problem. We must become more cross-political, ignoring the borders set by parties. Otherwise, we’ll never surmount many of the challenges we’re currently facing, much less the ones to come. Right now, society is not future-ready and certainly not settled enough for the merger and cross-pollination of BANG (bits, atoms, neurons, and genes). That doesn’t mean it can’t be; it’s simply stalled at the chasm between a world in transition and a robust future. ReadWrite

While in a parallel universe, a political consultant in Lucknow, could ask his friend who is a political consultant in Kanpur to speak to his contact who is a political consultant in Patna to connect with a political consultant in Delhi so as to keep real time tabs on the election campaigns being run in those locations all using the power of technology. Seems a bit far fetched? Well, who thought Trump would win elections in the US with help of some evil programmers in Russia, hmm?

A New School Experiment

As you all are aware, I am originally from Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh. Recently, one of my cousins asked me for my opinion on the best school in Kanpur. I could have easily named the school I studied in myself but then, I figured it would be nice if I found it out through a poll among parents in Kanpur and find out which school in Kanpur do they perceive as the best in Kanpur!

With this thought in mind, I set out to do my survey to identify the top schools in Kanpur and finally, select the best school in Kanpur based on the opinions collected in the survey from the parents in Kanpur. It sure was going to be an exciting journey that the journalist in me wished to take at the earliest since I always have believed that I passed out from the best school in South Kanpur myself!.

My cousin was particularly interested in identifying the best ICSE School in Kanpur as she wished her son to study in the same board as it is perceived to be relatively easier compared to the UP Board and the ICSE students easily score over 90% which, she feels is necessary for admission in the Delhi University where she wants her son to pursue his graduation from. So, a lot of expectations, you see!

I spoke to my programmer friend and requested him to design a small website for me that described what I had set out to do and take and record the feedback of the website visitors. Once the site was ready and tested, I ran a Facebook Ad campaign that focussed on Kanpur residents within age group 25-45, married and with children for their opinion on Kanpur’s top schools on various criteria.

The findings revealed the evolving mindset of the Kanpur people and how they viewed the top schools in Kanpur in terms of their performance on various key criteria. But what over 90% of them identified as the number one criteria was to choose the best English medium school in Kanpur for their kids as they all believed good English speaking skills are the key to a successful life.

I am still working on writing my full story on the best schools in Kanpur and it will soon be published on this blog. So, stay tuned!

An Experiment

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A confused mind

Automation has both increased and decreased complications in our lives.

I have been a Software QA tester for past 10 years now and have done well for myself. But the expectations of technical skill sets required for a QA are rising like anything.

I wish to change my job and to crack any interview these days, I need to spend weeks to practice and understand new technologies. At the moment I am a bit confused about being a QA Tester all my life or to get into UX as I am a creative person and I find UX very exciting, having discovered it recently.

So, I am running a few experiments too as I like being creative. I decorated my home myself. I loved the process of selecting colors, furniture, paintings, etc. and loved how soothing it was.

Personally, I think it’s important for me to do what I love rather than regretting my choice everyday. I just can’t imagine myself retiring as a coder, but a UX designer, well, that’s something else! And then, everyone needs a good UX designer, don’t they? 🙂

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