“The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.”

If it’s shiny, then it must be awesome.  I came across yet another story, this time from the UK, on implementing technology for technology’s sake instead of a cogent plan to integrate technology into ones existing practice:

Via EDEXEC: – Schools spend £1.4bn on technology hype in three years – with little tangible impact according to a report exposing the risk of an ‘all the gear, but no idea’ approach to use of technology in education

Some pull quotes from the story:

“The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.”

and

Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of Nesta, explains, “A tablet replacing an exercise book is not innovation – it’s just a different way to make notes. There’s incredible potential for digital technology in and beyond the classroom: but as in other fields, from healthcare to retail, it is vital to rethink how learning is organised if we’re to reap the rewards.

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“The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.”

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