Evening Standard's Richard Godwin can't stand IT - even for fact-checking NASA's "space pen"
Richard Godwin writes in tonight's Evening Standard "IT in schools is doomed - keep a pencil handy".
He complains that the march of technology in schools has concentrated on providing equipment that fails, and that the old blackboard and chalk never broke down.
"Teachers complain about losing control of classes as they wire up laptops, crash, click, reboot, abort"
He says that "I consider myself lucky to have been among the last academic years to use libraries".
It is a nice sentiment to reminisce about those lovely old days, but I've been to plenty of presentations and talks that demonstrate that overall usage of University libraries has increased since they started offering digital assets and ebooks, as well as solely print materials.
Godwin finishes with a flourish:
"As we seek to replace lovely durable books with expensive, expendable iPads and teachers with robots, it's worth remembering the story of NASA's space pens. The Americans spent millions developing a writing implement that would work in zero gravity. The Russians had a far better solution. Their cosmonauts simply took up a pencil".
'Story' is the operative word.
If only there had been some kind of distributed electronic information retrieval system that Godwin could have consulted to fact-check his assertion before publishing...