When Ed Tech is Attacked

The omipresent Stephen Downes notes a post by Tim Holt discussing attacks on educational technology. I agree with Stephen: the attacks aren’t so subtle. And they aren’t new.

I’m not the first to note that tech enthusiasm sometimes precedes– even pre-empts– contemplation. That’s not only not A Bad Thing… it is A Very Good Thing. Thoughtful assessment and deliberative iteration following a disruptive trailing edge yields more benefits faster than the ineffectual hand-wringing that characterizes much of academia. As unwilling as we seem to be to admit it, there are victims in either case. Better a victim to progress than yet another sacrifice on the altar of stale, rote practices that aren’t sufficient now (if they ever were).


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