Constructionism on the other hand relies on abundance and discovery where knowledge is constructed by making things and sharing them. Students use information they already know to acquire more knowledge. It is distinctly collaborative and social in nature, none of that being measured in total silence whilst sitting 3 foot away from your friends. Difficult to see the business model here isn’t it?
Why EdTech Sucks
Graham Brown-Martin
20115

Plus it’s much more challenging to implement. Takes a fair amount of imagination and cunning to pull it off successfully. Spatial versus linear which is much more $$$. Teachers just don’t have the bandwidth to effectively and consistantly do this alone. Takes a team but who can afford that when they can’t even afford pencils.

Yet there IS a biz model if you have the right buyer. Specifically someone willing to pay for performance via a Social/Development Impact Bond. Outcomes donors can potentially save billions using these instruments and pass some of that savings back to the investor.

Also industry is willing to invest in pay-for-performance programs as they are direct beneficiaries of the product. The idealistic academicians are closer to the industrialists than they realize. Both value wisdom, creative problem solving and a range of intelligences. Let’s look beyond blingy EdTech, to achieve the goal.

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