Media: Not Another EdTech Cheerleader
@edsurge #edsurge After months operating as an electronic newsletter, EdSurge has finally rolled out its beta website, including "150+ products, 350+ topics, 150+ organizations, 600+ news items" as well as an archive of the past year of newsletters.
That's great -- glad to see it -- and I like the fact that EdSurge requires users to sign in to access content and lets them use Twitter or Facebook to do so. But I remain mildly troubled (see previous posts) that the EdSurge team (Betsy et al) describes its offerings as "reporting," its blog posts as "articles," and characterizes its site as "a technology-journalism mashup." They call it journalism to make you feel better, and to give themselves credibility but I don't really see any journalism here -- not much skepticism, even. And I worry that edtech enthusiasts on the provider and purchaser sides will get even further caught up in the hullabaloo surrounding education technology rather than getting better informed and making smart, difficult decisions. (For example, compare the tone and substance of what you see on EdSurge to this recent EdWeek article on venture capital in education. Both get funding from Gates, but to me at least there's a big difference in what they're doing and the EdWeek version.)
All is not lost, however. I get out of bed on the wrong side pretty much every day and I may be entirely wrong about the site. You be the judge. Second, users might end up using comments and social media aspects to balance out EdSurge's enthusiasm. Anything that ensures we don't spend another 10 years talking about and developing technology that doesn't transform schools is fine with me. Previous posts: New Blog To Hype Blended Learning Bubble June 2011, Wanting A Little More From EdSurge December 2011.