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7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning

December 16, 2011

Excerpt from the article:

What is happening in the classroom that could not be duplicated by a computer?

If the answer is “nothing,” then there is a problem. In fact, I believe that if teachers can be replaced by computers, they should be. By that I mean if a teacher offers nothing that your child can’t get from a computer screen, then your child might as well be learning online. On the other hand, no screen will ever replace a creative, engaged, interactive, relevant, and inspiring teacher, especially one who takes advantage of the precious face-to-face experience of people learning together. Collective, communal, collaborative learning is key to many of the ways we all work now, often in collaborative and distributed ways. How is the school working to teach real, human, management, leadership, and collaborative skills in the unique environment of the classroom?

Read the whole article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com

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