The next big thing in educational technology is often described like a silver bullet, forever ending this or that problem in teaching and learning. The reality, of course, is a lot different.
From the film strip projector (if you don’t know what that was, you’re better off!) to the VCR and DVD player, technological hardware has often been seen as a panacea for conveying information — if not understanding.
Perhaps the biggest fanfare in educational technology was the arrival of personal computers. Computer “laboratories” were all the rage in the 1990s and are still with us today. The weekly visit to the computer lab was exciting, but not exactly paradigm-shifting for most. Internet connections followed, but, boy that World Wide Web was overwhelming! 🙂 I confess that for me, the internet was just another collection of sources that was fun for kids to navigate, but not much different than using a…
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