Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

"Make It Stop!" the Mainstream Media's Routine, Ill-Informed Attack on Educational Technology Is Spinning My Head Around!

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

"Make It Stop!" the Mainstream Media's Routine, Ill-Informed Attack on Educational Technology Is Spinning My Head Around!

Article excerpt

I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING that line from The Exorcist: "Mother, make it stop!" Every few years, the mainstream media gets a bee in its bonnet about educational technology and starts running exposes on the following kinds of "scandals": there is no evidence that technology improves student learning; schools make wasteful investments in technology; schools use it in place of flesh-and-blood teachers; private ed tech companies are making money off of public education. If you've been reading The New York Times this year, you know what I mean. I am going to concede all those points:

1) We need more evidence about the impact of technology on student learning. Of course we do! We need more evidence about much of what happens in education. For heaven's sake, we don't even know with scientific assuredness exactly what makes a good teacher, but I don't see anyone questioning the value of teachers. (And PS, there is plenty of evidence on technology's effectiveness. The SIIA has a nice compilation of studies at siia.net/visionk20/pages/ evidence.html.)

2) Schools need to be more thoughtful when investing in technology. We all know schools that made terrible technology investments because they jumped on a bandwagon; their superintendent got taken out to play golf once too often; some internal evangelist made a case based on passion rather than reason; they had money to spend at the end of the year and they bought the shiniest toy in the store. Now, substitute any significant educational investment (athletics, teacher training, HVAC systems, playground equipment) for educational technology, and you will find schools that made the same kind of impulsive purchase. …

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