Digitizing Education in the Internet Age

Education in the age of intelligence is education with significant digital characteristics. Currently, there is an increasingly lively debate on the impact of digital technologies, especially artificial intelligence, on education, especially teacher education, at the academic, policy and practical levels. The education community currently has high hopes for technologies such as AI and is working with great enthusiasm to transform technology into methods and tools to enhance the quality of education, improve teaching and learning, and increase teaching efficiency.”

Teacher education, which is the workhorse of basic education and cultivates excellent teachers in the new era, should also adapt to this change, explore the deep integration of new technologies such as information technology and artificial intelligence with teacher education, and cultivate excellent teachers with digital characteristics that meet the needs of the future. This digital characteristic can be summarized as “four abilities, five teachings, and six people”. The “four abilities” are the ability to survive and adapt to digitalization, the ability to conduct research on education and teaching, the ability to engage in lifelong learning for teachers’ professional development, and the ability to practice innovation in education and teaching; the “five teachings” are to enjoy teaching, to teach appropriately, to know how to teach, to teach, and to teach well; and the “six learners” are the students’ learning activities. six” that is, the organizer of students’ learning activities, the guide of growth process, the developer of teaching resources, the innovator of teaching methods, the researcher of education and teaching, and the lifelong learner of teachers’ professional development.

In the age of intelligence, digitalization has empowered the construction of a new era of teachers and helped deepen the reform of teacher education. Promoting the construction of digital systems has significant strategic implications for the high-quality development of the teaching force in the new era in two ways.

Exploring the education model of information technology, promoting balanced development of education, and targeting the training of excellent primary and secondary school teachers in the central and western regions. In 2021, nine departments, including the Ministry of Education, launched the Targeted Training Program for Excellent Teachers in Less Developed Areas in Central and Western China (the “Excellent Teacher Program”) [15]. Digital technology provides technical support for the implementation of this program. Schools can promote the enrollment of the “Excellent Teacher Program” by promoting the policy of the program through online media platforms. In the training of teacher trainees under the “Excellent Teacher Program”, we can give full play to new technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data, optimize educational technology courses such as artificial intelligence applications, incorporate information-based teaching skills into the basic skills training of teacher trainees, conduct virtual teaching research, help teacher trainees perceive the real rural school environment and practice teaching, master big The university can also help teacher-training students understand the real rural school environment and practice teaching, and master big data analysis techniques, so as to cultivate future-oriented rural teachers with high information literacy.

Teacher-training colleges and universities can also strengthen the construction of public service platforms for education resources in the county by helping the counties targeted by the “Excellent Teacher Program”, and promote the establishment of intelligent synchronous classrooms between county schools and primary and secondary schools and kindergartens affiliated with teacher-training colleges and universities that undertake the “Excellent Teacher Program”, so as to realize the “intelligent hand-in-hand” of teachers. Teachers “smart hand in hand” and other practical measures, using information technology to establish a closer open cooperation with each other. At the same time, we can build intelligent training platforms for teachers in more targeted counties, intelligently select and accurately push training contents and resources, support teachers’ independent selection, provide teachers with synchronized, customized and accurate high-quality training and training services, and better serve the post-vocational development of teacher trainees of the “Excellent Teacher Program”.

The program serves the revitalization of rural areas, promotes the sharing of high-quality educational resources, and explores new models of precise educational support in the context of information technology. Professors Goldring and Katz of Harvard University pointed out in their book “The Race Between Education and Technology” that “education has always been in a race with technology, and every technological development will lead to a revaluation of the knowledge and skills possessed by human beings.” In order to adapt to the ever-changing development trend of education and teaching in the digital era, it is necessary to continuously promote the construction of digital resources and the common construction and sharing of digital resources for education and teaching. During the new epidemic of 2020, schools are actively considering the construction of a new system of education and teaching in the era of intelligence, integrating school subject resources, deepening institutional reforms, and actively promoting artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, 5G, and so on, in response to the major strategic needs of education reform in the era of intelligence, big data, cloud computing, 5G technology and other integration with education teaching. Digitization provides an implementable way to serve rural revitalization, promote the common sharing of high-quality education and teaching resources, and explore a new model of precise educational assistance in the context of information technology.

On the one hand, training resources such as physical scenarios and practical training operations supported by cutting-edge technologies such as big data, cloud computing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence can be introduced, as well as video training course resources such as micro-lessons, catechisms and live classes developed with the participation of front-line outstanding teachers, and online training and training systems relying on the teaching cloud platform to provide online courses for the integration and innovation of information technology and education teaching, forming a diversified and three-dimensional digital The system of digital education resources is diversified and three-dimensional.

On the other hand, according to the educational concept of “Internet + localization” [18], we can use the Internet as the support and the special delivery classroom as the link to improve and promote the dual-teacher classroom and AI classroom, so as to push the best teaching team and curriculum resources to the places where they are needed. At the same time, we adopt a combination of short-term field teaching and long-term online teaching to help weak rural schools to “open, open fully and open well” the national curriculum on a large scale and continuously, and help to improve the quality of education in weak rural schools. The school also promotes information and intelligent changes in teacher training methods, explores “intelligence + teacher training”, and establishes a mechanism for measuring and evaluating teachers’ professional development.

Overall, the school, led by the national policy, insists on informationization, focuses on the construction of new digital infrastructure, promotes the integration of online and offline education, further promotes the digital transformation, intelligent upgrading, and integrated innovation of education, promotes the common construction and sharing of high-quality educational resources, and builds a new system of teacher education in the intelligent era, which supports the national strategy of rural education revitalization in the new era, and provides the opportunity to explore the new era of teacher education reform and empowering the construction of a new era teacher workforce by making contributions.

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