I’m OK with some of the computerized learning programs, but why is it that almost every article about ed tech (particularly those written by NPR like this one) has this ubiquitous paragraph embedded within?
Just learning reading and math the way it was done 100 years ago is not going to prepare anyone for the future. Up to 70 percent of the tasks in most jobs are on track to be automated, leaving only the most creative, empathetic, technically fluent, collaborative work for humans. Students need to find motivation and meaning, and take a playful attitude that makes it safe to try and fail. It’s as though half the world’s children were 100 years behind on learning to walk, but everyone now needs to dance.
I agree that the future will be different than the present, but does learning to read and to do math have to be done via interpretive dance, or while learning how to use the internet, or while texting the person sitting next to you? Computer skills are probably the one thing that kids are picking up on without any training. Why not teach children how to speak English incorrectly, and how to write sentences without capitalization or punctuation since that’s the prevailing style? Or, to teach children to “learn how to learn” rather than learn facts and procedures since we all know you can look up those things on Google.