We speak with Dr. Justin Reich, director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab, and host of the TeachLab podcast, about education technology. Hailed by some as the great equalizer, the beneficiaries of ed tech tend to be white and affluent. Focused on equity by design, Dr. Reich observes that when teachers learn, they have insufficient opportunities to practice. So he and his colleagues are creating digital clinical simulations, practice spaces for teachers. They’re also helping educators to figure out what they can stop doing, to allow more time for what’s useful.
00:43-02:55 Examining claims that tech is a vehicle to promote equality in education
02:55-06:33 Tickle down?
06:33-07:41 How tech introduction increases the digital divide
07:41-10:22 Better strategies for improving education
10:22-14:06 What can make a difference in creating more equitable educators
14:06-16:33 Measuring the impact
16:33-18:51 tsl.mit.edu/TeachLab podcast
18:51-19:21 Unfinished learning
- Teaching Systems Lab website
- Book “Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education” by Justin Reich
- Podcast TechLab with Justin Reich
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear