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Why Jaron Lanier Is Wrong About the ‘Digital Classroom’

September 27, 2010

I ran across this thought provoking article on the use of technology in classrooms this afternoon. I’ve purposely left the link to the article that Bernius is responding to in the clip.

In a recent editorial in The New York Times, Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality, worries that technology may prevent students from learning how to think.

My problem is not so much with Lanier’s conclusion — that creative teachers are more important than creative technology — but with the path he uses to get there.

At the heart of Lanier’s argument is the claim that technology (and its designers) fundamentally change us and that we, the users, have no say in the matter. This unwavering belief in technological determinism has made him a favorite “go-to” person when the media needs an “anti-techie techie,” but it doesn’t make him a particularly good student of history or technology. More…

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