John Dvorak at PC Magazine points out what should be common sense, students don’t need computers in the classroom. Money spent on education tech is better spent elsewhere.
Shane Vander Hart: The Associated Press reports that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will team up for an education initiative focused on kids who have trouble learning. What could possibly go wrong?
Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty: The politicians vented their outrage about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, censorship of conservative content, etc., but Michelle Malkin points out, “not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren.”
Shane Vander Hart: Education Week published an article this week about how Google has taken over the classroom over the last five years. This raises student data privacy concerns.
J.R. Wilson: The education system has changed so much so rapidly in the last fifteen to twenty years that it is anyone’s guess as to what will happen in the future. Here are a few of my guesses for 2018.
The Atlantic featured a sponsored post called “The K-12 Classroom Experience in the Age of Personalized Learning” and it is rather eye-opening (in a disturbing way).
Denis Ian: We’re outfitting kids with technological gizmos we don’t even understand. Giving them super-powerful thingamajigs we think of as toys. But they’re not toys at all.
New York Times: “Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by 2020.”
“Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by 2020.”
Jane Robbins: True learning requires structure, repetition, and work, not just ability to mimic something that pops up once on a screen before moving on to the next.