Can tablets replace teachers

This article appeared on the BBC news site half an hour ago.  There is also a video but you have to have access to a UK proxy to view it.   I’m sure it’ll appear on youtube soon.  Basically 7 schools in the Netherlands have gone towards personalized learning and all students learn on tablets.  Teachers act mainly as coaches and mentors.

There is also a related article/video on the site in which Thailand’s goal to distribute a tablet to every child is discussed.

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So what do you think this means for us as educators?  Will we be relegated to the role (and pay point) of teaching assistants?  How does this impact instructional design?

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Hello from Calgary


My name is Naomi.  I live in Calgary, AB and this is my 7th MET course.  I currently wear a number of hats including professional and workskills trainer, EAL (English as an Additional Language Instructor) to adult immigrants and IELTS examiner.  My real interest lies in adult education and workplace learning, and my dream is to someday have 1 job 🙂 working in this field.  I am very excited about the topics and projects we are going to cover in this course, especially assignment 3.  A recent Linkedin discussion focused on what skills people thought instructional designers lacked and the top two were project management and selling skills.  So this course has me feeling goosebumps!  Now it would be really interesting if we could bring in a Dragon (CBC show) and see if they would invest in our ventures:)  Anyway., I’m looking forward to working with all of you