Incompatibilidad de interfaces: la escuela es PC, la nueva red es Mac

Entrevista a Richard Halverson: «Is New Media Incompatable with Schooling?» -a cuenta del libro que acaba de publicar: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology.

Hay un párrafo que me parece que deja las cosas bien claras en cuanto a la relación entre nueva red y sistema educativo (en este post la foto de arriba es importante, porque visualiza lo que está haciendo el sistema educativo con las nuevas tecnologías):

Schools that emerged at the advent of the 21st century were, in a sense, victims of the success of the prior generation’s technology, and found it very difficult to adapt to new models of information production and exchange sparked by the Internet. Technological developments later in the century, such as computing and digital media, provided a level of individualization that ran directly counter to the mass-production technologies from earlier in the century.

The new information technologies that have been easiest to adapt to prior industrial models, such as standardized testing, have made the most headway into established school practices. The technologies that called on schools to alter the basic classroom relationships between teaching, learning and curriculum have met with the most difficulty.

The conclusion we want to draw is that schooling and technology are not necessarily opposed, but instead are necessarily related. When considered over time, we can see the effects of institutional resistance are a consequence of the embrace of prior technologies, rather than a simple opposition of stodgy old schools to hot new technologies

Me parece una reflexión que se ha hecho poco hasta ahora y que da en el clavo: no hay una resistencia a las nuevas tecnologías; simplemente, la tradición educativa en la que se vive es incompatible con el nuevo horizonte real de comunicación. Se trata de la constatación de un hecho, nada más.

Uno es PC, el otro Mac; uno es analógico, el otro digital. La brecha será cada vez mayor y no sabemos hacia dónde derivará. Una cosa está clara, vivimos tiempos apasionantes en el mundo educativo.