Share Paper: The Revolutionary Problem: What can education learn from the failure of Google Wave?

  1. Jonathan Bartels, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Hermitage C

Abstract: The concept of revolutionary advances is a popular technological trope and becoming more familiar in education. This past year, the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) called for the revolutionary transformation of the educational system; at the same time, Google Wave was widely praised as a technological revolution. With the potential of revolutionary change in the educational system on the horizon, it is important to consider what caused Wave to be deemed a failure just months after it was released to the public. To better understand where Wave went wrong and identify possible implications for education, Political Economy of Communication can ...