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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...

August 20, 2012

The Khan Academy: Distinguishing the App Store From the Apps

A crippling problem in K-12 schooling is the sequential, enthusiastic embrace of "innovations"... that... never... quite... pan... out. One legacy is the justified skepticism that greets the over-the-top promises for each new advance and new generation of devices. The problem, though, is not with...

December 21, 2010

When "Digital Natives" Discover the Encyclopedia

I'm sure my friends at the Department of Education were thrilled to read in the Raleigh-based News & Observer that North Carolina school districts are using their Race to the Top funds to advance structural reform by... purchasing iPads. Durham, N.C. is spending $3.5 million in RTT funds to "put Ap...

August 13, 2010

Two Camps on Ed Tech

I was struck recently by the degree to which we're having two distinct, contrary conversations about technology and schooling. I was up in Boston last week for a three-day symposium on "Personalized Learning" (hosted by the Software & Information Industry Association, ASCD, and CCSSO) and felt like...

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