Here’s a good quick read: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America (Teachers College, 2009), Allan Collins & Richard Halverson.  Doug’s post on three evolutions reminded me of chapter 6 of Rethinking: The Three Eras of Education.  With some additions here’s a summary of the current industrial-era education, what was before, and what’s next.

FactorFromToTo
ResponsibilityParentsStateIndividuals/parents
ExpectationsSocial reproductionSuccess for allIndividual choice
ExpectationsPractical sillsDisciplinary knowledgeLearning how to learn
ContentBooksTextbookLearning objects
PedagogyApprenticeshipDidacticismInteraction
AssessmentObservationTestingEmbedded assessment
LocationHomeSchoolAnywhere
CultureAdult culturePeer cultureMixed-age culture
RelationshipsPersonal bondsAuthority figuresComputer-mediated interaction
GroupingMixed-ageAge cohortsIndividual progress
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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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