What Betsy DeVos Means for EdTech

What Betsy DeVos Means for EdTech
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In both K-12 and higher education, technology remains supplemental to chalk-and-talk practices as old as the hills, and not much more effective from a pedagogical standpoint. The excitement around supposed innovations like Massive Open Online Courses proves disconnected from learning and student outcomes, and ultimately fleeting as the edtech chattering class move on to the next thing.

But there are two reasons to believe Secretary DeVos will change this dynamic. In K-12, the most promising applications of technology have been found most consistently in private and charter schools — freed from the strictures of teachers unions.

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