Education Reform: If It Can't Fit into a Tablet PC, Forget It

Jim Shimabukuro, educational technology & change, May 31, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's all kinds of talk about education reform, but as Jim Shimabukuro suggests, it's all misplaced. It's misplaced not because it's politically suspect, not because it's incipient corporatization, but because it misses the moment. "A simple rule is that if it's not going to fit into the tablet PC environment, don't put money into it." It's not about test scores. "Our current tests may not be suitable for the evolving digital world, and low test scores may be a symptom of this mismatch." It's about ease of learning. "And easier, in and of itself, is a good enough reason to go with the flow."
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