Technology can’t provide a quick fix for social problems, Kentaro Toyoma tells MIT Technology Review.It was a tremendous waste of money, TED Talks notwithstanding.
When he worked for Microsoft in India, Toyoma tried to use technology to strengthen schools, teach farming techniques and improve health. Now a “recovering technoholic” and university professor, he’s the author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.
One Laptop per Child, which which provided low-cost laptops to children in the Third World, had little effect, says Toyoma.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Technology and Its Added Value to Education
Technology is a tool, not a "goal" or a "standard". If the answer in education is "technology", the most likely question is "how can we spend the most amount of money for the least education bang?" Almost 10 years ago I pointed out the folly of the One Laptop Per Child initiative, and I was called a hater, a racist, a Luddite, an obstructionist, and worse, for not believing the hype. I chose then, and still choose, to think with my head and to feel with my heart, and that bifurcation serves me well. The real world sometimes requires more than good intentions, it requires good ideas--and thinking that a tool is going to solve education problems is a fool's errand: