10 Principles to Select Technology

Unattributed, Institute for Performance, Nov 13, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Back in prehistory (way back before MOOCs and even before Connectivism) one of my more popular articles was Nine Rules for Good Technology. This article by Contact North reminds me of that. But beyond the superficial similarity in name, the two articles are very different. The Contact North article is focused on outcomes - it wants technology that is high quality, promotes access, is scalable, etc. And the Contact North article is focused on educational outcomes - it wants technology that is pedagogically focused, adds value, is customizable, and promotes continuous lifeling learning. My article, by contrastm, focuses on the properties that lead to those outcomes, looking for technology that is simple, standardized, connected, personal, and always on. Each list has its merits. But if you're actually choosing technology, I would prefer mine.

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