As Microsoft's vice president of worldwide education, Anthony Salcito travels the world talking to teachers and working to leverage technology to improve education.
"One of the biggest problems with educational innovation is that it's often hidden, because good teachers are not allowed to teach 'outside the curriculum' and are often fighting administrators for innovation. So we find potentially valuable technologies underused or just plain misused."
His key point was that technology is just part of a holistic approach to education and shouldn't be considered in isolation. Worst of all, too much focus on acquiring devices (what he calls "access aspiration") distracts people from making improvements in teaching.In assessing the value of technology and teaching he asks "Are you collecting data that's easy to get or data that will drive innovation? Once a decision is made, the 'data' that led to it is often forgotten."
He proposed a change to the Federal government's "earn or learn" mantra: "Get rid of 'or'. Everyone earning needs to keep learning."
Read more at Anthony's blog, Daily Edventures.
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