Educators could take page from machine learning handbook

Dive Brief:Early programmers used to give machines specific instructions that created limits for their abilities, but today’s machines get smarter because of algorithms and systems that help them make sense of new inputs on their own. Google for Education’s Product Management Team leader Jonathan Rochelle told Business Insider that students today are expected to memorize facts and equations much like the early computers. What schools should be doing instead, Rochelle said, is teaching children information that will help them draw conclusions when faced with later problems — they should learn why an equation works, for example, so they can use that information later, instead of just memorizing the equation itself. Dive Insight: Conversations around school improvement have fallen under a “School 2.0” vision. As educators imagine the schools of the future, technology…


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