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Freemium software in education exacerbates the digital divide for students who may be economically disadvantaged compared to their peers. (Shutterstock)

Why freemium software has no place in our classrooms

Software that advertises premium features for a fee is ill-suited to school environments, where children should experience universal access.
Chatbots could take over the majority of low-level guidance tasks fielded by staff in teaching and learning centres to free them up for where in-person support is most needed. (Shutterstock)

AI-powered chatbots, designed ethically, can support high-quality university teaching

Chatbots can be part of a broader approach universities’ teaching and learning centres can take to support faculty in innovating teaching practices.
Research from Alberta points to the burden parents have faced with home learning. Here, a youth passes Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto, May 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

End of topsy-turvy school year: 5 education issues exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic education shock has raised five critical issues that demonstrate how student learning and achievement and social well-being are far from mutually exclusive.
Schools are facing accelerated COVID-19 pressures to integrate technology into children’s education, and how they do has far-reaching implications. (Shutterstock)

Machines can’t ‘personalize’ education, only people can

Insights of neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist, philosopher Nel Noddings and physicist Ursula Franklin help centre students and our collective future in debates about education and technology.
A Grade 6 student takes part in a virtual school session with her teacher and classmates via Zoom from her home in Vancouver, April 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Children in our schools are the latest at risk in a brave new age of surveillance and data control that is being catalyzed by hasty educational technology decisions under COVID-19.
Universities and colleges cancelling in-person classes will need more than technology to have the capacity to offer flexible education. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus pushes universities to switch to online classes — but are they ready?

Online learning can help universities quickly adapt to COVID-19, but policy makers must pay careful attention to student experiences and take a critical view of technology companies’ claims.
Technologies like Virtual Reality can play a role in schools, but teachers must be properly empowered and involved. Rushay/Shutterstock/For editorial use only

School tech: teachers explain what they need to make it work better

A clearer understanding of teachers’ needs is required if schools and universities are to be better prepared for a future where technology is key to teaching and learning.
If Ontario rolls out mandatory high school e-learning with no in-person class hours, each student will lose 440 hours of face-to-face class time. (Shutterstock)

In Doug Ford’s e-learning gamble, high school students will lose

For high school students, e-learning is best introduced in face-to-face classes where teachers can meet a greater range of learning needs – not as a completely online experience.

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