How new technology can challenge schools’ data usage infrastructure.

2 May 2018 - Nick Kairinos

It’s fairly obvious that as technology progresses, schools and colleges will need to keep up with the fast pace of change. Very soon pupils will expect the same access to technology within schools as they have at home. If schools become ‘dusty old classrooms’, the level of engagement will become less effective as technology progresses. Soffos, of course, exists to address that central problem, to be seen as a stand-alone ‘Oracle’ an independent resource to form the ‘go-to-ed-tech platform’ for learners everywhere on the planet; schools, colleges, universities and home learners alike.

With Soffos, peer-led input will form a key part of mentoring schemes by reinforcing positive and supportive behaviour, helping pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and not least, their personal online safety.

Schools should start to make Soffos accessible to pupils from an early age, as machine learning will undoubtedly soon become the central tenet of human education. In fact, many schools are probably already using Artificial Intelligence every day without realising it. For example, Office 365 uses AI within its productivity suites to help users perform tasks more intuitively.

Another very promising possibility of the AI within Soffos will be the potential to provide reliable and valid predictions on student performance, thus allowing interventional action before significant problems arise.

But all this Big Data means that everyone is going to require more bandwidth. It will come as no surprise to anyone that schools are, apparently, currently going through data download consumption like a big dog might behave locked overnight inside a petfood warehouse!

Current research indicates that increasing use of The Cloud increases data requirements by around by around 40% annually, so it will become critical for establishments to prepare their technology infrastructure to meet this challenge. It should not take long for those falling behind to catch up, when the obvious utility of AI within education puts its users so far ahead of the game.