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 Presenting at #KySTE17 in Louisville, KY

Register now for the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Spring Conference, March 8-10, 2017 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Registration Link Dr. Rob will be presenting on March 9; at 10:30 am attendees will be asked to participate in the Are You Future Ready Challenge and at 2 pm, Dr. Rob will be discussing Motivating the Reluctant Reader. Keep up with the conference by using hashtag #KySTE17 Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

The History and Future of Public Education in the US

The concept of history repeating itself is an interesting notion when considering what the future may hold for public education. Right now, in the United States, I would say that Public Education is in quite a precarious position. Let’s take a look at our past to see if we can predict what might be in store for the future of public education. Public education, as we know it, was created by the Committee of 10 during the industrial revolution. This committee used three major organizational systems of its time to help create public education: the factory, the church, and the prison system. The committee took from the factory the orderly rows, 40 minute schedule with breaks, identical outcomes and an assembly line mentality with no need for creativity or “outside the box” thinking. The jail brought us punishment with no thought of learning through consequence, top down, heavy handed management with order and conformity. The church gave us our teaching style- the lecture. The church also gave us the concept of “sit quietly and listen and I will tell you everything you need to know”. It taught us that there is only one person that holds all the knowledge and Read More …

Meet Dr. Rob, Keynote Speaker at PASCD 2016

The 2016 PASCD Conference will be held in King of Prussia on November 13 and 14, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. If you’re registered for the conference and would like to get together with Dr. Rob, email rob@robfurman.com or message him directly through Twitter or Facebook. Dr. Rob will be opening and closing the conference with the theme of “Motivating the Reluctant Learner through Technology” and presenting hands-on action labs with the theme of “Back to the Future is not Mission Impossible for the Young and The Restless.” “Dr. L. Robert Furman ED.D. is the principal at South Park Elementary Center in South Park, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Instructional Technology Tools and Reading, Technology, and Digital Literacy. His research in the field of literacy was recently awarded the Best Research and Publication Award by PASCD. Rob is a blogger for the Huffington Post, and at Ed Tech Review. Rob was honored as a national “20 to watch” in educational technology by the National School Board Association.” Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

Public Education Must Evolve or Become Extinct

I recently presented to a group in Virginia about the need for educators to look at relevance in their teachings and subjects. We can do away with handwriting and spelling. We can save time by eradicating the pointless subjects and archaic skills and replace them with skills we know our students will need in their future. There was one participant that got upset with me. She was upset by my comparison of no longer needing a horse and buggy or needing the skill of reading and writing in hieroglyphics to the need to still use handwriting or learning to spell. There are just some things of which we can let go. At first I felt badly about this participant being upset. But then I realized that more people should get upset, but not at the reality that things need to change. Get upset with the people who are unwilling to adapt and change for the betterment of their students. I had a teacher the other day tell me that he still lectures and has traditional homework assignments “because that’s the way I teach”. Never once did he say anything about the way his students learn. Never entered his mind! Education Read More …

Hustle and Heart Book Release Party

What an event! Pittsburgh is becoming such a hot bed for celebrities, movies, authors… what a city! I recently had an amazing opportunity to be invited to Darieth Chisolm’s book release party. Darieth has created a videocast entitled Hustle and Heart. It went from a new born idea to the #1 video cast on iTunes for 10 weeks in a row… all in a matter of 12 months. Crazy, right? I was one of her guests on Hustle and Heart and it was a wonderful experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8RVvcYXZVU After her 35 video season came to a close she decided to write a book about her passion, which is motivating business leaders and the youth in the Pittsburgh area to have Hustle and Heart. I was blessed to be asked to give a few quotes for her book. http://www.dariethchisolm.com/ Then the best party ever was the icing on the cake. It was my first red carpet event filled with cameras, the media line separating us, the cool sponsor backdrops… the whole nine yards. Heck even the major of Pittsburgh came to hang out a bit. We had a great time. The best part of the night for me was standing in the Read More …