Affording the Classroom of the Future

Bridget McCrea, THE Journal, Aug 10, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The advertising makes for an annoying read, but I found this article in THE Journal relevant to some writing I'm doing and a good overview of the challenges around new technology in the classroom. Here's the biggest, in my mind: "Old habits, especially in old systems that are based on tradition, die very long, painful, and unchanging deaths," said Little, "only to be replaced with mirror images of themselves that are entrenched in yet more dogma, rules, regulations, and experienced personnel longing for 'the good old days.'" Too true and it reminds me that even education reformers aren't always interested in looking beyond the traditional dynamics of the 1970s era classroom-and-teacher.

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