Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

IT'S Predictions & Concerns for 2018

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

IT'S Predictions & Concerns for 2018

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FOR THE THIRD TIME running, we're kicking off the new year with our IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, a look back at the state of the ed tech workplace and a look ahead at the hopes and aspirations of the professionals who help make technology work in and out of the classroom

This time around though, we also wanted to ask our participants--mainly IT staff and leaders, but also technology-using teachers--about their gravest data security concerns and about the shifts or trends they foresee in education technology in the next five years.

We did this through two open-ended questions (our favorite type of survey response to tabulate), which generated some surprising, some not-so-surprising, some amusing, some concerning and some thought-provoking answers.

What will be the biggest shift in IT in the education sector over the next five years?

The bulk of responses were not terribly unexpected. Anybody in ed tech could probably rattle off the top 3 answers off the top of their head:

1. Mobile/BYOD/1-tol devices

2. Cloud computing

3. Online/virtual education

Privacy and security came in fourth, which makes sense given the pressures put on schools and vendors to protect student data. Somewhat surprisingly, virtual and/ or augmented reality came in fifth surprising in that it beat out STEM (sixth), personalized learning (seventh), digital textbooks (eighth), networking/wireless/ broadband (ninth).

Artificial intelligence rounded out the top 10.

Some of the less popular but thoughtful responses couldn't be so simply categorized:

Wrote one respondent: "Meeting the student perception that they are a consumer of education products not students. …

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