Reality vs the portrait of EdTech - #edtalk

Dean Groom, Playable, Dec 09, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Dean Groom comments circumspectly about a phenomenon that has long existed in ed tech, the self-promotion of people in social media by people seeking to become recognized as authorities by dint of claiming ownership over words and inventions, forming self-referential circles of non-competitive entrepreneurs, and domination of various Twitter hastag discussions He writes, "It is a deliberate practice of seeking illusory power and influence based on nothing more than entertainment, names and naming." And it causes real harm. "The explosion of media messages these people flood into the media discourse is deliberate. It ensures there is no way to reconcile conflicting claims about what is good."

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