Should You Take Edtech 'Predictions' Seriously?

A BIT OF SKEPTICISM: Edu scholar and Stanford Professor Emeritus of Education Larry Cuban has contributed to a number of "education predictions lists" over the years (see December 26, 2009 and December 10, 2013, for example). But this year, he doles out his edtech predictions for 2016 with a dose of skepticism about the relevance of these lists and their celebration of devices and tools. "My allergy... to rose-colored scenarios of a future rich with technology remains intact," he writes, stressing that reader should focus less on the next big edtech tool and more on what teachers and students are actually doing in the classroom. "Fundamental questions have to deal with matters of educational philosophy–what knowledge is most worth? Why? What are the best ways of teaching and learning?" he says.

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