The Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality Revolution

There are two technologies that have really captured the attention of educators as well as futurists. These are artificial intelligence and virtual reality. What are the implications of these new technologies in education? Quite simply they can revolutionize our educational system. The question is, at what cost to the educator? There are many articles that state that technology will never replace a teacher, but I am of the opinion that technology might not replace a great teacher, but technology is already replacing the traditional, average teacher. Let’s consider a classroom of a traditional teacher: Students come into the classroom and begin to work on a worksheet. The teacher then delivers the content for that class. It might be a lecture, video, or reading from a text. Then the students do an activity with that newly learned content. Then the teacher offers more work to practice the content usually in the form of homework. Generally this is a standard day in a classroom of a traditional teacher. Do you see anything in this example that cannot be done by Artificial Intelligence or a Virtual World? Here are five things that an AI/VR school system can do just as easily as a Read More …

Dr. Rob’s Presentation at #KySTE17 Video

Dr. Rob’s full Future Ready Challenge presentation at the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education 2017 Spring Conference in Louisville, KY. Dr. Rob discusses how technology can play a significant role in preparing students for achievement in the future. The presentation includes questions and answers with conference attendees and information about the skills needed to move education forward in a productive, effective way. Dr. Rob also includes details about his book, The Future Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks, available here.

Teach the Future, Guest Post by Peter Bishop

When should students begin to learn about the future? Should they learn about the future at all? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because the future is not yet part of any curriculum that I know of. Nevertheless, the South Park Elementary Center is one of the few schools that have actually taught the future. Jason Legg, a technology teacher, taught three lessons on the future last year with the concurrence of Dr. Furman. Does not sound like much, but it is a big step forward. Before describing the lessons, let me sort things out. First of all, we all know that history is one of the core subjects in school, from Pre-K through the general education requirements in college, but there is virtually no mention of the future in schools. Why is that? One simple reason is that teachers have not been taught about the future so they cannot teach what they do not know. Another, more complicated reason is that teaching the future is different from teaching most other subjects. Most teachers focus on the content in their subject, the stuff in the textbook. History is about the periods and events of the past. So students learn about Read More …

What Are eSports? Should this be the next school sport? Audio

Details and Resources for eSports: http://insanegame.net/en/ http://insanegame.net/en/categorie/a-different-kind-of-sports-discipline/ http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/13059210/esports-massive-industry-growing Contact us at: info@robfurman.com

Do Parents Need to Get Back to Tough Love? Audio

This podcast in the Parent Academy Series discusses the need for parents to deal with discipline. Yes, it can be hard to consequence your child, but you do it because you love them and want them to be a better person. Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

Will Education Survive 4 Years Under New Administration? Audio

Videos discussed: Full Brief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRBNk… Franken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF8wE… Sanders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjPHr… Kaine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kJb1… Bear and Guns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3xBG… Keith Reeves Web Page: http://www.kdreeves.com/ Book for Sale: https://www.amazon.com/Insurrection-T… Social Media: https://twitter.com/reeveskd? https://www.linkedin.com/in/kdreeves Rob Furman Web Page: http://www.furmanr.com Book for Sale: https://www.amazon.com/L.-Robert-Furm… Blogs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-furman Social Media: http://twitter.com/drfurman http://www.facebook.com/FurmanEdu http://www.linkedin.com/drrobfurman All data and information provided on this Video Blog Series is for informational purposes only. The presenters makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. This is a Video Blog. The opinions expressed here represent our own and not those of our employers. In addition, our thoughts and opinions change from time to time…we consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This video blog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around in our brains, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not be the same, nor even similar, to those we may hold today. Read More …

The Seditionists Discuss the Future of Education Under Trump’s Administration

Dr. Rob Furman and Keith Reeves take an in-depth look at the effects the new presidential administration may have on the future of education in the United States. Betsy DeVos’s suitability as Secretary of Education is discussed along with parental concerns. Will Education Survive 4 Years Under New Administration? Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

Dr. Rob Presenting at #PAMLE2017 in State College, PA

Register for the PA Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) / PA Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) State Conference here:  http://pamle.org/conference2017 Dr. Robert Furman will be presenting two sessions on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA 1:45 – 2:45 PM Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology In this exciting presentation, Dr. Rob delivers a fresh approach to integrating modern technology and reading, making them completely complementary. Dr. Rob presents many technological resources that can easily be introduced into the 21st classroom; from websites, to video conferencing, to ‘apps’, in order to bring a new, refreshing approach to reading. Further, Dr. Rob discusses practical applications for each of these resources, bringing to light ways educators and schools can use these resources in an appropriate, budget-friendly, effective manner to see a shift in active reading among their students. 3:00 – 4:00 PM Are You Future Ready? Education is the wild west of the 21st century and I could not choose a more exciting time to be in education. This presentation will discuss various ways to look at change and the necessary skills needed in the 21st century. Might it be time for an Education revolution? What Read More …