Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Top educational apps for children might not be as beneficial as promised

Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I'm categorizing this item under "I'm shocked! Shocked!" But I will note in passing that this sort of complaint is not uncommon, and that there has been a constant line of criticism of ed tech that it does not deliver what its proponents promise. Nobody I know, for example, is saying "apps should replace human interaction and that they guarantee learning."  Now these criticisms, I might add, tend to cherry-pick examples. I never see them criticize what i and other serious developers project for learning technology. And that points to the source of the problem. It isn't ed tech - it's marketing and the rest of the hype that follows from commercialism. Don't blame ed tech for commercialism. It's nothing we created, and for many of us, nothing we desire.

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