Chapter 5 kicks off Part II of the book, where we discuss “As-Yet Intractable Dilemmas” in learning at scale. These are the obstacles that across all three genres, developers, educators and others constantly trip over. Addressing these challenges could help unlock greater potential from education technology.
What rings true or false for you about the curse of the familiar? What familiar technologies have fallen flat in your experience? What novel teaching approaches have been successful introduced through new technology? Why do schools remain such conservative institutions, and is that a strength or an obstacle to progress?
What do you make of the argument that community and pathways from the familiar to the novel are the key approaches to addressing the curse of the familiar?