TED Conversations

Megan Summers

Impact Entrepreneurship Group

TEDCRED 500+

This conversation is closed.

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

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Oct 8 2011: I think the internet has the power to give students who may not have had a voice at school the courage to express themselves. It also offers connections and possibilities far beyond the traditional classroom walls. However, the two are not mutually exclusive. In some formal education institutions the internet is at the heart of university courses by being the focus for study, not just a tool for learning. Innovative educators such as Dr. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University encourage creativity, inquiry and critical thinking in their students.

    Check out http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=303 and
    the video collage of students’ reflections: http://visionsofstudents.org/

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.