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EdTech Objectives - Classical and Progressive Uses of Technology in the Classroom

A Tale of Two Education Technologies

I like to think about two divergent strands in education technology, which I’ll call the ‘Classical’ and the ‘Progressive.’ The former allows us to use technology to better traditional goals, while the latter allows us to redefine and expand the expectations we have for our instruction and our students.

Room to Discover's Jeff, teaching a group of male students

“If the computer does all that, what are we supposed to do?”

I had an interesting exchange with a teacher, while delivering a presentation on personalized learning with Khan Academy. At the time, I believed the best way to encourage teachers to use technology was to emphasize the time it could save. I focused on how a personalized platform would not only save time grading but would create …

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