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October 19, 2020

Remote Learning: The Triumph of Hope Over Experience?

Online learning is not a viable substitute for most learners most of the time. We shouldn't kid ourselves that what's being provided is a better option than it really is.

September 14, 2020

When Does Ed Tech Actually Help?

Especially during this time of school closures, the key to doing remote teaching better is our ability to honestly assess what ed tech is doing well and what it isn't.

September 26, 2019

Is Online Credit Recovery a Sham?

Pressure schools to raise graduation rates, and they'll raise graduation rates . . . somehow or other. Credit recovery may have become part of that "or other."

September 23, 2019

Digital Learning Has a Cheerleading Problem

Advocates and industry leaders should focus less on the glittery promise of education technology—and more on ed tech's gritty reality.

July 08, 2019

Robots Are Teaching Language Skills, But Are They Any Good?

A recent study indicates that children may learn equally well when being taught by a robot or by a human teacher. Here's why.

October 23, 2017

When Classroom Technology Impedes Student Learning

My big concern is that today's frenzied enthusiasm for computer-assisted "personalized learning" will lead us to heedlessly charge into some all-too-predictable pitfalls, fueling one more cycle of ed tech faddism and disappointment.

October 06, 2016

Why You Should Learn to Love Educational Productivity

There's a misleading sense that "productivity" is somehow at odds with nurturing students or valuing teachers. That's just not so.

February 23, 2015

What the Book Teaches About Using Classroom Technology Right

There is only one learning technology so far that has actually transformed teaching and learning: the book.

March 20, 2014

Focus on the Opportunities Ed Tech Brings, Not the Hype

You can hardly open a newspaper, visit an education website, or visit a school without being bombarded by excited claims about educational technology and a raft of intimidating jargon. Newspapers and school district announcements are full of terms like "MOOCs" (massive open online courses), "blended school models," "virtual classrooms," "adaptive assessments" and much more.

November 28, 2012

Technology as "Hamburger Helper"

Just recently, Forbes magazine engaged in another bit of embarrassing hyperbole, titling a cover story on the Khan Academy, "One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education." Sigh... It reminded me of so much overzealous commentary on ed tech. Technology has lo...

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