Let's reflect on what Winston said....
He's noted what most people know, but he's distorting the scope of what it can do. MIT has made public some of their materials, but they don't give "free" students access to all the "fee" services.
Khan Academy is currently a collection of good content. I feel it is not close even close to world class. Perhaps they have goals to create lessons, objectives, and themes. When I need to know more about standard deviation, it's a nice video. But it is not a world class education. It's a lot of dots, it does not connect the dots.
2 very big distortions, a common practice of Tech pimps.
There have been no studies to show that spending on technology has significantly boosted scores for a school that previously had less technology and lower scores. I'm reseaching this, so please send me your studies.
Here's new info for refleciton...
To date there has never been a true-experiment to validate the claim that 1:1 laptop programs improve student learning. In such an absence some have used a quasi-experiment and random sampling within a school ( Dunleavy & Heineke, 2007 ) but could only conclude that boys had a greater increase in science than girls. In Maine the state attempted a program where every 7th grader in the state received an Apple laptop. Studies of Maine reported no improvement in math, but statistically significant gains in Language Arts (Weston& Bain 2010).
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