Back when I was still working for the overly-large school district, I routinely attended several edtech conferences every year. That included the one produced by our state organization VSTE1, usually the huge ISTE event, and always EduCon.
But those three were the very small tip of a very large iceberg. If I had an unlimited budget, and didn’t have to do an actual job, I could have traveled to a couple hundred conferences. And far more if you included every K12 education-related meeting held in just the US.
From a business magazine called Fast Company comes a good opinion piece discussing “Why schools need to abandon facial recognition, not double down on it”.
It’s written by two fellows from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who link to a growing body of research indicating that these systems use software that is heavily biased and frequently inaccurate. Which is pretty typical in the AI business these days.
Four weeks from today, school will open for the new year here in the overly-large school district. The superintendent and school board have declared that all students will be attending in-person, five days a week. Just business as usual, right?
Well, given the pandemic isn’t over and cases are even rising, that IS a lot of optimism.
In his column last week, Jay Mathews says that every student should be able to play on school sports teams.
The week before he decided that national policy should be to send almost every student to a four-year college.
He’s wrong about both.