Cyber skepticism

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JACK SCHNEIDER (jack_schneider@uml.edu; @Edu_Historian) is assistant professor of leadership in education, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and the director of research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment. He is the author of Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality (Harvard Education Press, 2017) and From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). .

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  • I agree with Dr. Schneider’s perception that many people’s faith in the promise of online learning formats is misplaced. He is correct to point our that digital technology and communication can not replace the impact a caring and responsive teacher has on any learner or student (at any age).
    The affordances which digital technology can offer us at this point in time, and in the future, must be deliberatively selected and monitored as to its impact on learners, balanced with human to human interactions.
    Much of what we need to know to succeed in life is not taught or developed through interaction or use of digital devices.
    It is through human interaction that we develop acumen as communicators, problem solvers, project managers, decision makers, critical analysts, collaborators and sensitive people who make the most of circumstances (both predictable and unexpected, beneficial and devastating).

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