Collins, A., & R. Halverson (2009). Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and the Schools. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2009.
In this article, Collins and Halverson discuss the radical changes experienced by the world of education due to the digital revolution and an era of “lifelong learning”. They note various factors, such as the growing popularity of distance learning and homeschooling, which have contributed to this revolution and delve into comparisons between the previous “schooling era” and the age of technology. Finally, they discuss positive and negative implications of this revolution in education.
The authors give historical context by comparing the age of apprenticeship to the age of schooling and also to the current age of lifelong learning. This helps to demonstrate to readers the changes that have occurred in areas such as content, environment, and relationships. They also are realistic and begin their implications of a revolution by discussing concerns such as possible loss of diversity or narrowing of students’ horizons. Following this, Collins and Halverson also share benefits such as increased engagement and taking personal responsibility for learning. Their thoughts in each of these areas are thorough and they even conclude with possible, practical solutions for changing the education system.
This article poses options for schools and students moving forward into a world where students have more self-direction in their learning. As I continue to have interest in research surrounding assistive technology and how technology can offer differentiation within K-12 classroom settings, I like that the authors explore a more choice-based and interest-based option for education. This offers some radical suggestions for various kinds of learners to have college-path and tech/career-path applicable education.