In this post Joshua Kim reviews Mark Kurlansky’s book Paper. The central thesis of the book, according to Kim, is that we tend to get the impact of technical change backwards. We think that technical change drives historical change, but actually, new technologies are created in response to the needs of societies. I agree with Kurlansky that people will continue to read books printed on paper for many years. I will definitely read this book.
I have used a lot of the software programs mentioned by Joshua Kim in his article. Some of the software I used in my past computer experience, which dates back to 1984 are:
All I have at home in WiFi, which usually works well. I do have to use an Ethernet cable though. I will never buy another mobile device that has a data plan, except for a smart phone. In the office where I work we have Ethernet cables attached to our computers.
I agree with Joshua Kim, teachers who are effective lecturers should continue to use them. Every morning on my drive to work I listen to a lecture from one of the Great Courses. I have listened to lectures on almost every topic there is, and they are all interesting because this company picks the best college lectures for their courses they can find, based on several metrics. I don’t think our wonderful technologies ever will, or should, replace the classroom lecture. Teachers should focus on how they can use technologies such as video to make their lectures more interesting and relevant to their students.
Joshua Kim does not think virtual reality will ever really important in education, for these reasons:
An article by John Warner – Teachers have been using scavenger hunts in education for a long time. I suppose Pokemon Go is an updated version of that. Students are ACC employees are playing it on our campus this summer, as they are doing on all college campuses I’m sure. I imagine it’s a fad and will go away in a few months.
I agree with Joshua Kim. Colleges and universities do more important work than just transferring information to students. Information does not equal learning. The world suffers from information overload, not from a lack of information.