I believe passionately that education technology has the potential massively to improve the efficiency of our education system—but that this improvement is being held back by misguided, prescriptive bureaucracy. I believe that government needs to support the emergence of an open and innovative market—and that one of the most important things that government can do in this respect is to support the emergence of capable data standards for better interoperability.
I already know what my new year’s resolution will be. As well as losing a stone in weight (the same resolution every year), it will be to stop writing almost exclusively on why education technology has so far failed to transform education, and to focus more on arguing how education technology will transform education, when it is properly implemented. As the song has it:You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mr In-between.
The predominantly negative copy of 2012 has been no more satisfying to write than I imagine it has been to read. But it has been necessary. It is impossible to make progress with a cogent argument for how education technology will transform education…
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