Lawrence Cremin and Mara Mayor Discuss Technology and Education In 1989

Given the discussion of MOOCs that has been occurring in the blogosphere over the last year, I thought it might be helpful to get a longer perspective on technology and education. In that spirit, I have dug up this 30 minute conversation between Lawrence Cremin of Teachers College and Mara Mayor of the Annenberg CPB project on the role of technology in education.

The conversation is here.

The conversation demonstrates that the question surrounding the interplay of technology and education haven’t changed much in the last 25 years, or the last 50. However, as in many fields, the early formulation of the problem and the positions taken relative to that problem are clearly visible without smoke from the latest hype cycle obscuring the view.

There is a nice nugget in there about the chalkboard as a technology to personalize education.

Thank you to the good people at for preserving so many wonderful things that would otherwise be lost. If only we could turn the NSA to such useful pursuits…