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Fixing Education

John Seely Brown offers his view on the future of education: “Rather than treat pedagogy as the transfer of knowledge from teachers who are experts to students who are receptacles, educators should consider more hands-on and informal types of learning. These methods are closer to an apprenticeship, a farther-reaching, more multilayered approach than traditional formal education…With every new piece of technology, to make this technology work, you have to change your teaching practices”.
The debate here becomes one of whether technology is largely an instrument to serve the existing needs of learners and the existing teaching process, or whether technology is transformative in restructuring the teaching and learning process. Is technology a tool? Or is it the initial foray into a changed world? James Bosco argues for the latter in his paper Tools, Culture, and Education