The WSJ has one of its usually excellent technology supplements in Monday’s paper. While this edition is not one of the Journal’s best — there is something rote about it, with the obligatory “software sucks” piece, the usual “whither 3G” chest-shot, and, of course, a buyer’s guide to come cool tech (HDTV) — but there is one article that I found interesting and investable, on educational technologies.
A few years ago I had an eye-opening experience teaching an entrepreneurship/v-finance course using Capsim, an online business simulation tool. While the tool is far from perfect, it was a highlight of the course, not to mention a very useful learning tool, and I have gone on to use it many times — as well as recommend Capsim and its ilk to many others. I have also used blogs in venture courses, and Wikis have begun showing up too.
Anyway, the WSJ apparently agrees. Here is a snippet from an article extolling the virtues of new technologies — blogs in particular — in the classroom:
Pioneering teachers are getting their classes to post writing assignments online so other students can easily read and critique them. They’re letting kids practice foreign languages in electronic forums instead of pen-and-paper journals. They’re passing out PDAs to use in scientific experiments and infrared gadgets that let students answer questions in class with the touch of a button. And in the process, the educators are beginning to interact with students, parents and each other in ways they never have before.