What Are Our Excuses, Again, For Not Putting Computers in the Hands of Our Children?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
[cross-posted at The Huffington Post]
I've watched this TED talk by Sugata Mitra several times now. And every time I watch it, my brain keeps asking the same question:
In the world's richest country - indeed, in all 'Westernized' societies - what are our (pitiful?) excuses, again, for not putting computers in the hands of our children every day at school and giving them greater agency over their own learning?
[I love the Indian child's quote: 'Apart from the fact that improper replication of the DNA molecule causes genetic disease, we've understood nothing else.']
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