Bill Gates on the Future of Education – It Comes From the Web

[ 0 ] August 9, 2010 |

At the Techonomy conference Bill Gates gave a prediction for education in the next five years.  Where will education be? Digital learning.  Yes, there will still be schools, universities and college classrooms but “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world…It will be better than any single university”

Gates pointed out that where students learn is often discounted – or not counted at all.  Online lectures may not count for students even though they learned more depth and breadth than sitting in a single lecture.    So where does digital learning play into the field of education?  Everywhere from textbooks and tests to labs and lectures.

According to Gates, our text books are three times longer than the equivalents in Asia. And yet they’re beating us in many ways with education. The problem is that these things are built by committee, and more things are simply added on top of what’s already in there.

Gates said that technology is the only way to bring education back under control and expand it.

From TechCrunch coverage.

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