Chapter 6: The EdTech Matthew Effect

The EdTech Matthew Effect argues that new learning technologies, even free ones, disproportionately benefit affluent learners who have the financial, social, and technical capital to take advantage of new innovations. What have you seen that refutes or confirms that principle? How does the pandemic shape education technology inequality in the U.S. and around the world?

Understanding the Matthew Effect is really important for special ed – and for working with anybody who’s been marginalized. It’s really easy to impose our biases about people’s “abilities,” when inequities have exacerbated differences and sent the message that the learner doesn’t fit (and it’s the learner’s fault).

Thanks for all your contributions Susan. Really great to be in conversation again…