That it’s been a very tricky few years for our nation’s K-12 schools is something of an understatement. After the almost-two-year disruption that was Covid-19, teachers have been left to pick up the pieces, which has meant helping students assimilate into school routines and in most cases an in-person learning environment, catching cohorts up on learning they missed, and setting workable parameters around the use of the ICT systems and devices that have become integral to the teaching and learning experience.
Famous French sociologist Emile Durkheim once said, “Education is the only image and reflection of society”. In other words, the inequalities we see in broader society filter down into our education system. Education technology (or edtech) is a valuable tool our Australian education system can leverage to close that gap.
In the constantly evolving education sector, the recent rapid increase in artificial intelligence (AI) technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for staff and students. It’s a trend that’s been turbocharged by the release of AI tools such as ChatGPT. These tools have allowed technology to transform the education landscape from something only used by IT professionals into a resource accessible by anyone.
Last month, I introduced QAD Redzone, recently launched in Australia. I haven’t been this excited about the possibilities for manufacturing in a while. And here’s why.
Working in and with educational institutions over three decades, I’ve watched technology permeate all aspects and functions in schools. Today, it can be used to not only serve the back-office and administration staff, but to underpin the entire student experience. Because of this, there is an ever-increasing need for schools to be more sophisticated in their approach to IT, regardless of capability, budget, or knowledge.
Manufacturing is a vital sector of the Australian economy, contributing to 5.4% of GDP1 and employing almost 900,000 people in 2022.2 Though in July of this year Australian manufacturers reported pandemic-era lows. This can be attributed partly to some of the challenges facing the industry, as I discussed at the end of 2022.