Many things have claimed that they will revolutionize education, from motion pictures, to radios, to  CD-ROMs. Now there is a wealth of information and video on the internet should we expect it to revolutionize education?

This video argues that it won’t, for two reasons:

1. Technology is not inherently superior, animations over static graphics, video presentations over live lectures etc.

2. Learning is inherently a social activity, motivated and encouraged by interactions with others.

Technology cannot replace good teaching, and in reality should seen as work alongside and supplement it.

Watch the video and see what you think

“There is no doubt that technology engages and motivates young people. However, this benefit is only an advantage for learning if the activity is effectively aligned with clear learning objectives.

 

It is clear technology alone does not make a difference to learning. Rather, how well the technology is used to support teaching and learning is the key determinant of its impact.

 

Professor Steven Higgins, ZhiMin Xiao and Maria Katsipataki. Education Endowment Foundation.