It’s amazing at how perspectives around technology and its use in education don’t change. In the presentation on this page I use some quotes from the what if presentation by Karl Fisch to outline some previous fearful perspectives on the impact of technology on learning that mirror many of the perspectives held of e-learning.
The following couple of quotes illustrate that the positive perspectives of technology can also be found in history.
Both the processing and the uses of information are undergoing an unprecedented technological revolution… This is perhaps nowhere truer than in the field of education. Once can perdict that in a few more years millions of schoolchildren will have access to what Philip of Macedn’s son Alexander enjoyed as a royal perogative: the services of a tutor as well-informed and as responsive as Aristotle.
The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability: and something is bound to come of it.
Vannevar Bush, “AS WE MAY THINK”,
The Atlantic Monthly, July 1945