Theorists

Here we look at theorists who have impacted the development of educational technology, for better or worse.

We don't want to focus only on the more recent theory; going back further gets interesting.

Thorndike Envisioned Interactive Textbooks in his writings, claiming that if we could only make sure students would do the exercises asked of them before proceeding, education could be advanced.

Seymour Papert and Paulo Freire Debate Nature of Learning, and in the end, it's probably Friere how gets it right.

Franklin Bobbit brought an idea of industrial efficiency to schools, and Mary Ward and Frederick Burk assisted.

Helen Parkhurst is Helen Parkhusrt.

Doug Engelbart envisions technology to augment human intellect, and influenced many modern-day Connectivists.

Vannevar Bush. His 1945 "As We May Think" gets the ball rolling for the computer as a symbol processing machine, as useful in learning as it is in computing missile trajectories.