• “I think teachers are at the final frontier of anything AI will ever do, because teaching is inherently a human endeavor.”

    Thomas Arnett, Senior Researcher, Clayton Christensen Institute

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • The uneasy origins and enduring legend of the blackboard
      • The industrialization of education
      • Things keep changing, but the classroom remains fundamentally the same
      • What’s a “teaching machine?”
      • In-classroom computers were, initially, more of an accent piece
      • The high expectations, and tepid reception of educational technology
      • What technology is really, really good at with respect to learning
      • The “mastery model”
      • Free world class education to anyone, anywhere
      • Augmenting teacher-led instruction with online learning in the classroom
      • “It's somewhat ironic that you can use technology to humanize a classroom.”
      • We’re mere moments away from AI truly making the grade

  • Guest list

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      Audrey Watters

      Is an independent scholar who writes about education technology -- its politics and its pedagogical implications and the author of The Monsters of Education Technology.

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      Michael Horn

      Is the Principal Consultant at Entangled Solutions and the co-author of the book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.

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      Thomas Arnett

      Is a Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute and author of Teaching in the Machine Age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better.

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      Larry Cuban

      Is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. He teaches courses in the methods of teaching social studies, the history of school reform, curriculum, and instruction, and leadership.

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      Sal Khan

      Is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

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      David Dockterman

      David Dockterman lectures at Harvard and helped launch the field of education technology surrounding the use of computers in the classroom in interactive and engaging ways for teachers and students.

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