Sunday, February 27, 2011

Paying attention to critics

I'm sold on the usefulness of the Web for education, so it's important that I hear a different perspective once in a while. So . . . I checked out Nicholas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains and Sherry Turkle's Life on the Screen from our provincial library system. I was really disappointed with the former; Carr just kept saying that the way the Internet is shaping the way we learn is bad because it's not like learning according to a modernist view of what it means to know. I've just begun the latter, but I'm already enjoying it more, despite its being published in 1995.

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