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Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning

Audrey Watters, (MIT Press 2021)

An excerpt of Teaching Machines is in The MIT Press Reader: "The Engineered Student: On B. F. Skinner’s Teaching Machine." "The story of teaching machines is deeply intertwined with Skinner’s psycho-technologies, which laid a foundation from which education technology has never entirely broken."

Forbes contributor Peter Greene has reviewed Teaching Machines. I'm particularly fond of the kicker: The book is fascinating and very readable, loaded with well-chosen details. Reading this story, one suspects it might be fair to say that it is ed tech, not public education, that has not made a significant...

I was a recent guest on the Class Futures podcast. Although ostensibly we were poised to discuss Teaching Machines, our conversation was much more about teaching and learning and technology today -- particularly in light of the pandemic.

I gave my first book talk at the University of Technology Sydney last week. You can watch the recording here. There were a bunch of interesting questions, including one on connectivism as an alternative to behaviorism that I promised to think (and write) some more about.

The first book review for Teaching Machines comes from David Kernohan, who writes for Wonkhe that "for those with an interest in the space between theory, technology, learning, and commerce, and with a taste for the curious rhyme of history I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding read."

I was a guest on the season finale of Terry Greene's Getting Air podcast to discuss Teaching Machines (and other things). It was a great conversation, as always.

I was a guest on API Storytelling on Friday. This is one of Kin's shows, and as the name of it suggests, it's not at all about ed-tech typically. But it is (ostensibly) about storytelling -- about the narratives of the tech sector and how that shapes what gets built/bought/sold...