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.


00:00-00:43 Intros

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

19:21- Outro


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Soundtrack by Poddington Bear

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