Last week I linked to a New York Times article that claimed to expose the limits of incorporating technology into the classroom. Digital education advocate Michael Horn has responded that the article “dramatically misses the point. As others have noted, a critical problem with the notion of creating the ‘classroom of the future’ is just that phrase–’the classroom of the future’–for the ways in which that language locks in our imagination around the current paradigm of schooling and even sometimes implies that creating this should be the goal in and of itself.”
It’s true that educators almost always try to superimpose new teaching techniques on an old educational model . . . and that sometimes this can work about as well as sewing new wineskins onto old worked in the New Testament parable. Still, it’s been my own experience that online teaching can be “grafted” onto traditional classes in ways that improve student learning and leverage scarce teacher resources. If we hold out for revolution, we may miss out on some of the benefits of painfully slow but potentially promising incremental change.
Michael Horn’s article links to other sources on online education. Check this out: