Stay on target…

I ran across this review article a few weeks ago:

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/12/26/in-2011-how-the-internet-revolutionized-education/

It has an impressive set of links on a wide variety of internet/eduction topics. It’s definitely worth looking through.

I wanted to bring it up because the things they’re talking about have not yet revolutionized education. We aren’t there yet; the use of the past tense in the title is not appropriate. The vast majority of education is still in rectilinear classrooms with minimal student participation and uninspired teachers.

In addition, a stunning percentage of the population in the USA (let alone in the rest of the world) is poor. Most people cannot afford this education-changing technology of which the article speaks. A $100 laptop? In Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan, or Zimbabwe, that means 10% to 50% of the yearly per capita income.

There have been some major strides recently, and some more on the immediate horizon, but let’s not forget that there is still over 99.9% of education left to change. This revolution has been very small and localized indeed so far; expanding it will require work.

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About Colin Fredericks

By day I help to create online courses at HarvardX. By night I write roleplaying games.

Posted on January 4, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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