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The craziest idea out there that just might succeed: That technology can actually play a significant positive role in education

As a New Year’s exercise, Xconomy asked a select group of Xconomists to answer this question:  “What’s the craziest idea out there that just might succeed?”

UW CSE’s Ed Lazowska answers:

“That technology can actually play a significant positive role in education.  The false promises go back at least 100 years – to extravagant claims by Thomas Edison.  Certainly ‘computers in the classroom’ have contributed relatively little to this point …

“But one has to believe that there is hope, in the next 10 years, for advanced adaptive tutoring systems, and for games that embody entirely new approaches to interactive learning.”

Read a bit more here.

December 30, 2011