Is It Really Possible to Re-do Ed Tech From Scratch?

Matt Crosslin, EduGeek Journal, Aug 11, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

As Matt Crosslin summarizes, "Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris asked an interesting question at Hybrid Pedagogy a couple of days ago: 'Imagine that no educational technologies had yet been invented — no chalkboards, no clickers, no textbooks, no Learning Management Systems, no Coursera MOOCs. If we could start from scratch, what would we build?'" He then asks, "would it even be possible to surgically remove educational technology from the larger world around them?" Probably not, he thinks. I agree. I've often challenged the presumption, for example, that 'learning is remembering'. But if we don't change what we think learning is, and why it's important to have some, we lose the motivation to make many of the changes we might otherwise thing the education system needs.

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