Balancing Experience and Research with Education Technology

Balancing Experience and Research with Education Technology

GO WITH YOUR GUT: No minced words from Richard Rose in this journal article from The School Administrator. The piece titled, "Who Can You Trust About Education Technology?," applies the "skepticism of a judge" to the various reviewers, academicians, organizations, and yes, journalists who have two cents to add to the growing pool of edtech research. He notes that nonprofit and union pressures, corporate marketing schemes, academic timidity, and journalistic reputation all play some role in influencing research, even when it's pronounced as valid and rigorous. So what's an educator to do when special interests abound? Rose advises to go with what you know: "The best course is to place small bets on the best guesses of yourself and your colleagues, based on careful observation and experience. Then double down on what works in your own patch."

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