Our education system is not preparing students for college. There is an urgent need to improve academic outcomes and equip students with critical 21st century skills. Evidence from top-performing schools shows that use of data, analysis, and feedback are our best tools for improvement. The increasing use of online software and digital devices in classrooms presents an opportunity to collect high-frequency data for mining. Today’s analytics techniques could be used to develop a deeper understanding of how students learn, recommend personalized learning plans, and identify early warning flags. Rich data, analytics, and feedback enable a process of iteration and continuous improvement, where educators become learners, and we figure out how to improve education. We are at the beginning of a wave of data-driven change in education, with important social consequences and fantastic opportunities.
This keynote is sponsored by Shared Learning Collaborative
Steve Schoettler is Founder and CEO of Junyo, a learning analytics company creating tools to help teachers and students understand and improve academic success. As co-founder of Zynga, Steve helped introduce social gaming, virtual currencies, and real-time analytics on a massive scale. Prior to Zynga, Steve worked on innovative and scalable technologies in mobile, entertainment, distributed computing, and security. Steve holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
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