RB 192: Wikis, Teaching, and the Digital Divide

March 1st, 2012

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Technology has made us all kinds of promises when it comes to transforming the way we learn — not least of which was the promise to break the “digital divide.” The ease of communication promised by the web would allow the economically disenfranchised to have access to ideas and collaborative resources more commonly found in affluent schools.

So it is assumed.

In fact there is some evidence showing that some educational technologies are used less effectively in poor schools than in rich ones.

Today’s guest, Berkman Fellow Justin Reich, gathered data on the usage of some 180,000 publicly accessible wikis used for collaboration and education in school settings for his report The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools: Leveraging Web 2.0 Data Warehouses to Assess Quality and Equity in Online Learning Environments. What he found was that wikis were generally less helpful to poor schools than conventional wisdom might have us believe.

He talked to David Weinberger about his findings.

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Reference Section:
More on Justin Reich here
Justin’s recent work
See his recent talk at the Berkman Center
Creative commons music from MorganTJ
This week’s episode produced with the help of our new producer Frances Harlow!
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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. EdTechResearcher » &hellip  |  March 2nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    […] I was recently interviewed by David Weinberger for the Berkman Center’s Radio Berkman program. We ended up talking a lot about the kinds of conditions that can promote successful online, collaborative learning environments in schools. (Link to the podcast) […]

  • 2. John S. Erickson, Ph.D.  |  March 2nd, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks as always for a thought-provoking podcast!

    A minor quibble with the the description of this talk; you say

    Technology has made us all kinds of promises when it comes to transforming the way we learn…

    Note that only people (in the personhood of technologists) and not “technology” could have made such promises. 😉

  • 3. Wikis im Schulzimmer at B&hellip  |  March 18th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    […] das Interview von David Weinberger mit Justin Reich auf Radio […]

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