NOT YOUR KIND OF PEOPLE: There's a risk that edtech developers are building tools based on their own successful, self-directed learning experiences, Annie Murphy Paul points out in Slate. She writes: "many of [Bill] Gate's fellow leaders in the edtech world are also members of the autodidact club,"
Echoing some of the ideas exchanged in a
lively back-and-forth between Alex Hernandez, Benjamin Riley and others over the idea of "personalized" learning, Paul cites research that "call the very notion of self-directed learning 'an urban legend in education.'" While it would be great if we could all be as driven as Bill Gates, she says, the edtech industry would do well to make sure that: