There is no question that the world is changing rapidly thanks to technology. And our education system certainly isn’t immune to this growing trend, which is something Dr. Gerard Jellig has witnessed firsthand.
Jerry Jellig is aware of many of the leading forms of educational technology and he believes that after somewhat of a transitional period we are finally at a point where technology is becoming very advantageous to learners.
Dr. Gerard Jellig is not shy about sharing his thoughts on this matter and is here to do so. We conducted an interview with Jerry Jellig and asked him about this very topic. Here’s what Dr. Gerard Jellig has to say about how technology has shaped our educational system in recent years:
“I guess I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. And I think now we’re getting to a nice place. This is a billion dollar industry and that’s the beauty and the curse. When there wasn’t money to be made in education, there’ wasn’t much exploitation but there also wasn’t much investment or interest. But now that there is such a push to have kids graduate to a world that requires a lot of web competency and digital competencies, and even basic coding competencies, I think a lot of organizations are very much invested in public education. And they’re for-profits for sure, but I’m OK with that if they can continue to create products that find new ways to transfer learning. And I think some of these web-hosted solutions, some of these learning apps, are fabulous. They have child psychologists and cognitive scientists working on the creation side so that they are exactly in line with how kids think and process. But on balance, where I think we’re at now is that we just have to be smart consumers because there isn’t an infinite amount of money to spend on technology. It’s a recurring cost and diminishing cost as soon as you buy it. So we have to make really smart decisions with the public dollar. That’s leasing options are good and web-hosted stuff can be a little bit more tenable, subscription-based solutions which everyone like Kaplan is putting out now. But I have seen children who were not learning in the traditional way accelerate their learning through digital solutions, which can be done asynchronously. As a school itself, you now have these cyber charter schools blowing up all over the country. Florida has one that’s accessible to any child in the country and you can get a high school degree in your family room. That is maybe the greatest success story of the web. It has made everything accessible to everyone who has a hotspot and a device. So I think on balance this is a really exciting time. We just have to be conscious about quality and prudent about financial investments. But there’s no question that learning is happening richer and deeper ways and more ways than ever before.”