Why Does Technology-Based Teaching Fail?

6 12 2007

Recently, I’ve been sharing some of my research into the pioneering educational technology work of Alan Kay, who was able to effectively translate his understanding of cognitive psychology and learning theory into new ideas for making computers easy to learn – and learn on. His insights into educational technology continue to be highly relevant today – here he is in 1987, answering the question “Computers have not been a big success in … computer-aided instruction. Why is this so, and what can be done to improve it?”

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Alternate link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=bC7x_qntM0g

No matter how powerful – or mobile – computers get, pedagogy must be considered before technology when developing learning experiences and activities.

Source: Alan Kay: “Doing with Images makes Symbols,” (1987) – Part 2
Extracted from video at The Internet Archive (Open Source Video) [Part 1] [Part 2]

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