Tuesday, May 30, 2006

education vs. commercialism

Jon Udell: Re-imagining education:
Since then, I've been thinking a lot about how ascendant uses of the Internet -- including blogging, podcasting, screencasting, and social software -- could transform education in the way that television was supposed to but of course never did.

The internet is creating these amazing bits of collaboration between smart individuals such as the one highlighted by Jon in his post linked above. However, I fear that as the internet becomes more commercial/tiered such interaction is going to get limited. How can corporate interests be balanced with educational interests? Is anybody even looking at the balancing part, or is it one side against another?

And even within education itself, we have problems brought up by the wild wild internet:

The question of banning laptops in class: it's academic, silly:
Academics finding hope in blocking technology had better think again, it's a battle that can't win, and it's not the battle they should be fighting.

(Via Ars Technica.)

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