The uncomfortable truth about personalized learning

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It’s an uncomfortable truth. Technology can improve teaching.

What is most interesting to me about the debate around technology in the classroom – particularly technology that can personalize learning – is that there is a debate at all. Personalized learning technology is certainly changing the way we’re thinking about teaching and learning. Yet, too much of the current discussion pits technology against instructors in an extreme, futuristic narrative that evokes images of robots edging out educators like former auto factory workers. Some detractors have gone so far to accuse personalized learning – and technology in education more broadly – of being part of a dark, nefarious plot to funnel public monies between connected policy makers and corporations.

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