Ouch! Scott McLeod pulls no punches in this response to the 2011 K-12 Horizon Report. He echoes Gary Stager’s assertion that most technology growth is replicative in nature: SmartBoards replicating chalkboards, clickers/responders replicating multiple-choice quizzes, teacher-selected YouTube clips replicating filmstrips and VHS tapes. Even Moodle takes a hit as he claims that it is simply another environment created and controlled by teachers. (True, too.)
He laments the missed opportunities of new and emerging technologies: “We still have too many teachers who have no clue what Google Docs or Twitter are, for example. We still have too many administrators who are blocking mobile learning devices and are fearful of online learning spaces.”
The 2011 K-12 Horizon Report: Too optimistic? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think
Thanks for extending the conversation over here. Until we're ready as educators (elementary, secondary, postsecondary) to give up some control and instead hand it to our students (who, let's be honest, are quite used to being self-directed learners outside of school), we'll never realize the potentials of these amazing technologies for 'formal' learning.
LikeLiked by 1 person