Most teachers I have met tend to have become a teacher for one of two primary reasons. They love the students or they love the content. We all know that it can be difficult to make any kind of money in certain fields but you can at least make a living if you teach it.
However, I have met very few (if any) experienced teachers who are still in it just for the content. You remain a teacher because you love the students.
Technology can make teachers and students feel more distant from each other, and I think that is one of the big reasons why some teachers resist it. But it doesn’t have too, in fact, I am a strong proponent that technology should be designed and used to foster the relationships between teachers and students.
This week we read about how big data is being used to assess more authentic learning and collaboration. This is awesome. Big data always sounds like such a scary thing because it is so abstract to humans and has been used in scary ways. However, if it is used right with proper supervision it has the possibility of connecting us as humans better.
Most teachers love the idea of group projects but a lot of us struggle to properly balance each students’ expectations and grades along with the groups. It seems like every time I do a group project there is some issue with some student not doing enough and some doing to much… I would be very interested in using big data to help me with this balancing act.
What do you think? Am ignoring the privacy issues too much (they do concern me)? How would you use big data in a training situation?