What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

helly Blake-Plock, Nine Shift, Apr 08, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm not sure I agree with every element on the list, but it raises questions that need raising. Here are the five things:

  • There's no such thing as 'free'
  • 'Open' isn’t so much about content as it is about the distribution arrangement.
  • Ed-tech companies need to make money
  • You are being exploited
  • Most of the important stuff is under the hood.

There is such a thing as 'free' - air is free, language is free, and the ideas that form inside your own head are free. And 'open' osn't about the distribution arrangement, it's about the priorities that went into the thing in the first place. Companies need to make money - but governments don't (at least, not through the sale of products), and we need to keep that in mind.

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