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Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning

Audrey Watters, (MIT Press 2021)

Joshua Kim has reviewed Teaching Machines in his column on Inside Higher Ed: In Teaching Machines, Watters has provided a sturdy historical foundation for her long-running (and highly influential) skepticism of the efficacy of most educational technologies. Teaching Machines is a book, and Watters is a scholar, that both deserve...

Audrey Watters is a prophet. Prophets aren’t fortune tellers, however. The main business of prophets, even in the Bible, isn’t the future. It’s the present. Better to say: it’s the set of possible futures that are liable to follow from crucial choices made in the present. Israel’s prophets brought a...

A huge thank you to Charles Logan, Autumm Caines, and Dan Krutka for creating a reading guide for Teaching Machines. Charles Logan has written a blog post, explaining the project, which includes an inquiry design model lesson plan.

Bonni Stachowiak had me as a guest on her terrific podcast, Teaching in Higher Ed, where we talked about behaviorism, dog training, and of course, Teaching Machines. Have a listen here. If we have a better understanding of the history of educational technology, there is hope.

Teaching Machines is on several "best of" lists -- you know the kind that are frequently published at year's end. These include Librarian Shipwreck's favorite books of the year. (This means a ton as I have mad admiration for their work.) And John Warner has again plugged the book in...