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Megan Summers

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Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer?

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. – Horace Mann

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    Oct 7 2011: [quote] Christian Steins "so I believe some tablets /laptops stuffed with Wikipedia and educational videos will be the new great equalizer" [/quote]
    With the development of cloud computing and virtual machines, simple tablets that are no more then a touch screen, simple speakers, a wireless connection, and minimal hardware spec's combined with a central server that hosts the machines. With the many flavors of linux getting more and more user friendly, there is little worry about the cost of operating systems for large amounts of virtual machines. Websites Google and Wolfram alpha have web based tools that schools could use for all types of classes. Who needs out dated textbooks when a science student can learn about the human body from a 3D model, study the planet and universe with google earth, which includes Earth, Moon, Mars, and Sky. The right approach can turn the internet into the great equalizer, within our formal education system.

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