Stephen Downes

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What I like about this post is that it recounts a history of the use of technology to replace traditional schools during times of crisis and disease, thus proving that our times are not exactly "unprecedented". Unfortunately the history is entirely US-based, and essentially (to my reading) boils down to the well-worn argument that "previous uses of tech to replace schools didn't work, so we shouldn't expect anything different this time." And maybe not, in the U.S., where many other factors are at play in addition to disease. But what about countries with a solid history of on-air schooling, of educational television, of distance learning institutions? Maybe something different. Maybe something better.  (Also on NEPC yesterday).

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