Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

A lot of what is counted as EdTech, writes Tim Stahmer, is little more than business tools repurposed for education. "There should be a clear distinction between 'passive' applications, ones that students might interact with but over which they have no control, and 'active' tools, used and at least partially controlled by students to guide their own learning." Maybe that latter category could be called 'learning technology'. Stahmer calls it 'Active tech' and says it "would include many creative tools, including video and audio recording, where the kids work, alone or in collaboration with others, to create a product that expresses their ideas and knowledge." Maybe, I think, if we limited our focus to this, we would not be confused into thinking that 'learning' is the subject of 'management'.

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