Monday, December 30, 2013

Favorite comments of '13, cont: Auntie Ann, Anonymous and lgm

On Educational Technology and the Educational Industrial Complex


Auntie Ann said...

Form needs to follow function: technology needs to follow application. Effective applications need to come first and prove that they are better than the alternatives (great teachers and lots of iterative practice.) After that, the platform is immaterial.

Anonymous said...
Any program that starts with a stupid name is suspect. I used to work for a high-tech company that wanted us to use the slogan "1+1=3" on powerpoint charts -- this is supposed to mean something like "synergy". But you can't get a roomful of engineers to write that out.1:X -- what if X = 1, or 0? Why is this the same as "many" except because of functional illiteracy?

lgm said...
Around here writing instruction is only given in honors sections. 
Computer programming has been declared 'elitist' and cancelled, just like IB, honors math, honors science, Foreign Language IV and V, and other such classes that the 'wrong' students would like to have in their schedule.

Katharine Beals said...
Update on LA Superintendent Deasy: according to last week's Edweek, Deasy's previous employer was America's Choice, an education research company acquired by Pearson in 2010. Mr. Deason "angrily dismissed 'innuendos' that [this] had influenced the LAUSD's decision to select Pearson." 
Edweek also reports that Mr. Deasy may resign this winter--presumably (in what is often yet another blow to the accountability of our school superintendents) with a nifty severance package.

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Jeff Boulier said...

"Effective applications need to come first and prove that they are better than the alternatives (great teachers and lots of iterative practice.)"

While I sympathize, that's an awfully high bar. Half the children will have teachers who are not only not great, but below average. Getting a child to perform lots of iterative practice can be not always the easiest thing to do.