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Turning Learning Technology into the Ultimate Teaching Assistant

Turning Learning Technology into the Ultimate Teaching Assistant

During last week’s annual ASU+GSV Summit, numerous themes emerged – from data proliferation and high-impact tutoring to learning recovery and, of course, the meteoric rise of Generative AI. Even with the buzz around ChatGPT (and other tools like it), one overarching theme clearly emerged from every conversation and panel session: empowering educators with the support they need to serve students at every level, from K-12 to higher ed and beyond.

At the core, human relationships are a fundamental part of the learning process. I still remember the elementary school teacher who most impacted my academic growth, and, ultimately, my path forward. We will never replace the value of that human interaction. However, through learning technology, we can provide the ultimate teaching assistant to help differentiate instruction and scale personalized learning.

While we have yet to fully realize the power of technology in education, we do know that it can help level the playing field – creating equity and access for all learners. We’ve seen the positive impact that learning technology can have in rural school districts and under-served communities that lack the resources of highly resourced suburban school districts. Technology has enabled teachers to help their students catch up to grade level, particularly in math and reading. As a relationship builder, technology can enable stronger connections through asynchronous or synchronous conversations between teacher and student, allowing learners to truly be “seen” outside the traditional classroom.

Technology also can provide educators with a tremendous amount of data around each student. With proper context and clear purpose, data can be a powerful tool for setting and measuring individualized growth goals. As learning technology providers, it is our responsibility to help educators interpret that data and make it actionable, especially through the next wave of personalization.

As an industry, it is our responsibility to paint a clear vision for the future of technology in education, grounded in trust and transparency. New innovations are ongoing and being adopted by our students and communities continuously. We cannot ignore them; instead, we need to embrace emerging technology, like generative AI, for the power and potential it has to accelerate learning. It is our role to help policymakers, educators and communities understand, and not fear, the potential of new technology to give students a boost in their academic achievement.

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Jamie Candee

Jamie joined Edmentum in 2005 and began her career with the company in Human Resources, before working her way through nearly every department within the organization—serving as Director, Sales and Service Effectiveness; Vice President, Product Development; Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing; and Chief Revenue Officer during her initial tenure. Jamie rejoined the organization in 2017, to lead Edmentum’s strategic vision and long term growth plan as President, CEO, and Board Director, bringing her successful record of accomplishment as an executive with extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Her ambitious personality, relentless commitment to serve educators and students, and strong leadership inspire her teams to build and implement education programs that promote and support lifelong teaching and learning.