And then there’s the educational potential of the Internet. When I wrote my book, Introduction to Computer-Assisted Learning (Chapman and Hall, 1984) — that is, before the Internet was invented — I envisaged that, by now, we would have vast educational programmes in all possible subjects beamed down from satellites. How naive I was! They still haven’t arrived. The formal university procedures and bureaucracy-controlled school systems still hold sway and cramp many more potential geniuses than they encourage. The poor bright boy or girl in a far-off Chinese or Indian village—or, so help us, increasingly in poor homes in the US or the UK—still hasn’t got access to effective teaching programmes that could be available on the Net. When this happens—one day!—then that will be yet another spanner in over-large bueaucratic empires.
Hence when I come across fancy experiments with OPLC projects, it isn’t the sole medium of instruction that helps. In any case, there is NO probable research or it’s outcome favoring the technology over the traditional methods. Technology can play it’s part as a supplement (e.g. Broadband) but not as a stand alone mechanism. A video conferencing in a remote village would actually help the children to explore the boundaries beyond their own physical limitations and confines but only if they have been primed to expect what is going to be shown to them. Here in lies the challange.
- Caps Coming to Broadband Data Usage. Where Does That Leave Netflix? (community.tradeking.com)
- AT&T adds monthly data caps on home broadband (blogs.consumerreports.org)
- Will BT’s new broadband boss bring fibre to rural Britain? (telegraph.co.uk)
- Does Broadband Create Digital Ghettos? (techcrunch.com)
- Don’t Rural Areas Deserve Access to Improved Internet Service? (liveruralnl.com)
- Constant Contact Supports the National Broadband Plan (blogs.constantcontact.com)
- Shocker! UK regulator finds average broadband speeds are ‘less than half’ those advertised (engadget.com)