Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine?

Julia Fisher, Larry Cuban on School Reform, Classroom Practice, Apr 24, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I like the analogy presented in this post because it makes it clear (in a way the Gartner hype cycle does not) that different technologies are adopted very differently. But Julia Fisher takes it a step further, suggesting that some technologies are adopted more swiftly because they are a better fit for existing conditions. This analogy, though, presumes that new technologies must 'plug in' to existing consitions: the home, in the case of appliances, or the school, in the case of ed tech. Yet from my perspective ed tech has had its greatest impact outside school, and doesn't need to be plugged in at all.

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