Technology AND Content

It’s all over the internet: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a $20 million new grant program to boost education technology.  Not surprised but quite interested in what grants will be supported and by whom. The foundation will aim “to help dramatically improve college readiness and college completion in the United States through the use of technology.” The grants will range from $250,000 to $750,000.

My concern:  what about the content?  Many teachers in schools, colleges and universities just don’t know how to use the technology to its potential.  I’d rather see a call for grants for new content.

I posted sometime ago about what one man is doing for some schools in Israel: bought everyone a laptop and then made ALL content computer generated, easy to use, and educationally progressive.  Can’t have technology in school without the content!

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