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Wormhole w/ Audrey Watters: Machines in the Classroom

Eclipsed

Writer Audrey Watters talks about the history’s attempts to automate the classroom and the psychologists that tried to remove emotions from education.  A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23mins

12 Jul 2022

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Audrey Watters on the History of Personalized Learning

Community Conversations

John O'Brien, EDUCAUSE President and CEO, talks with Audrey Watters, author of the new book "Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

7 Feb 2022

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Audrey Watters, "Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning" (MIT Press, 2021)

New Books in Technology

Contrary to the claims of many of today’s advocates of computerized instruction and online learning, efforts to use technology to improve the education process are hardly new. In Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning (MIT Press, 2021), Audrey Watters recounts the attempts over the past century to use technology to improve educational procedures. These began over a century ago with psychologist Sidney Pressy’s effort to invent an “automatic teacher” that would eliminate drudgery by automating test scoring. While such efforts gained momentum in the 1930s, the attempts by manufacturers to profit from such technology often complicated their introduction and adoption. In the 1950s B. F. Skinner gave new life to these endeavors by developing devices and processes that applied his theories of behavioral psychology to the learning process. Though the idea of “push-button education” seized the public’s imagination and stimulated efforts to introduce his teaching machines to the classroom, by the end of the 1960s the growing backlash against Skinner’s ideas and regimentation in education ensured the demise of his vision of the automated classroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/technology

49mins

7 Sep 2021

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Audrey Watters, "Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning" (MIT Press, 2021)

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

Contrary to the claims of many of today’s advocates of computerized instruction and online learning, efforts to use technology to improve the education process are hardly new. In Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning (MIT Press, 2021), Audrey Watters recounts the attempts over the past century to use technology to improve educational procedures. These began over a century ago with psychologist Sidney Pressy’s effort to invent an “automatic teacher” that would eliminate drudgery by automating test scoring. While such efforts gained momentum in the 1930s, the attempts by manufacturers to profit from such technology often complicated their introduction and adoption. In the 1950s B. F. Skinner gave new life to these endeavors by developing devices and processes that applied his theories of behavioral psychology to the learning process. Though the idea of “push-button education” seized the public’s imagination and stimulated efforts to introduce his teaching machines to the classroom, by the end of the 1960s the growing backlash against Skinner’s ideas and regimentation in education ensured the demise of his vision of the automated classroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-technology-and-society

49mins

7 Sep 2021

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Audrey Watters, "Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning" (MIT Press, 2021)

New Books in History

Contrary to the claims of many of today’s advocates of computerized instruction and online learning, efforts to use technology to improve the education process are hardly new. In Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning (MIT Press, 2021), Audrey Watters recounts the attempts over the past century to use technology to improve educational procedures. These began over a century ago with psychologist Sidney Pressy’s effort to invent an “automatic teacher” that would eliminate drudgery by automating test scoring. While such efforts gained momentum in the 1930s, the attempts by manufacturers to profit from such technology often complicated their introduction and adoption. In the 1950s B. F. Skinner gave new life to these endeavors by developing devices and processes that applied his theories of behavioral psychology to the learning process. Though the idea of “push-button education” seized the public’s imagination and stimulated efforts to introduce his teaching machines to the classroom, by the end of the 1960s the growing backlash against Skinner’s ideas and regimentation in education ensured the demise of his vision of the automated classroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

49mins

7 Sep 2021

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Q&A with Audrey Watters

Class Futures

Listen now | EdTech author discusses her new book and reveals her hopes and fears for the future of digital learning. Get on the email list at www.classfutures.com

25mins

18 Aug 2021

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The Return of Audrey Watters

Gettin' Air with Terry Greene

Gettin' Air with Audrey Watters. Audrey returns for the season 4 finale with an update on the book she was working on in her first appearance. Teaching Machines is out now and ready for you to devour! We chat about what it took to bring this fascinating tale to life and how space monkeys might be next. (you can order it here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/teaching-machines).

35mins

3 Aug 2021

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API Storytelling with Audrey Watters

API Storytelling

This is a gathering of API storytellers, exploring what is going on around us each day, using API technology to make sense of who we are. In this episode we sit down with Audrey Watters and talk about her book Teaching Machines, behaviorism, and how culture affects how we see technology. Opening image credit goes to Giulia Forsythe (@giuliaforsythe).

1hr 6mins

30 Jul 2021

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LH #45 Teaching Machines with Audrey Watters

The Learning Hack podcast

Audrey Watters' new book, Teaching Machines, tells the story of how two academics, Sidney Pressey in the 1920s and B.F. Skinner in the 1950s, attempted to develop and market mechanical devices for learning. John talks to Audrey about the book and explores the reasons why both of these pioneers of pre-computer learning technology, ultimately, failed.   In the book Audrey Watters, who describes herself as 'an education writer, an independent scholar, a serial dropout, a rabble-rouser, and ed-tech's Cassandra', also draws comparisons with today's technologists, and sees the pervasive influence of B.F. Skinner at work in their attempts to use personalization as a means of control.   00:00 - Intro 03:06 - B. F. Skinner and his teaching machine 08:30 - Sidney Pressey’s teaching machine, 1920s 18:38 - Did B.F. Skinner really raise his daughter in a box 21:50 - Why has personalization of education not happened? 28:06 - What technologists get wrong about education 39:03 - What has been her personal journey in learning?     The Book: Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/teaching-machines   Follow Audrey Twitter: @audreywatters LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/audrey-watters-96135a145/ Website: http://audreywatters.com/ Blog: http://hackeducation.com/   Contact John Helmer Twitter: @johnhelmer LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhelmer/ Website: http://johnhelmerconsulting.com/   Download the new white paper from Learning Pool written by John Helmer & Ben Betts – Suite Dreams: The Past, Present and Future of Learning Systems https://learningpool.com/suite-dreams/

44mins

19 Jul 2021

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Congratulations America! | Audrey Watters

OnEducation

In this episode Mike and Glen give you our takeaways from the 2020 election results, discuss whether jeans should be allowed at work, how gaming has helped many through the pandemic and our guest this week is the amazing Audrey Watters.Guest: Audrey WattersAudrey Watters is a freelance writer who has appeared in The Atlantic, VICE, The Huffington Post and Edutopia among many others. She is the author of five books with another on the way, and best know as the author of the Hack Education blog. She has an opinion on almost everything, and is rarely wrong - which is why we love her.Audrey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/audreywattersAudrey's Website: http://audreywatters.com/Hack Education: http://hackeducation.com/Notes:#ChatOnEducation is now LIVE on https://twitch.tv/insideparticipate every FRIDAY at 8pm ET. Join us!OnEducation is now on YouTube! Subscribe to the channel and listen to prior episodes as they are released!: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2fkhy9cnZZbggW8_K3FgQMike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/misterwashburnGlen on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/irvspanishParticipate on Twitch: https://twitch.tv/insideparticipateMike launched his Minecraft server! Complete this form for an allow list request https://bit.ly/mwservereducatorAny legitimate reason that teachers should not wear jeans on a regular basis...anyone?: https://twitter.com/rebelmusicteach/status/1320507201287585793Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’: https://hechingerreport.org/student-seeks-to-create-the-netflix-of-online-learning/GimKit Ink: https://www.gimkit.com/inkFrom ‘Fall Guys’ to ‘Among Us,’ How America Turned to Videogames Under Lockdown: https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-fall-guys-to-among-us-how-america-turned-to-videogames-under-lockdown-11604116815Today's podcast is brought to you by:Participate: The presenting sponsor of OnEducation is Participate. As long-time proponents of social learning and cross-cultural community-building, Participate invites you to explore virtual exchange and student leadership as Qatar Foundation International works to build meaningful connections to the Arab World. To become a member of QFI’s robust community of educators, visit participate.com/oneducation.

1hr 17mins

10 Nov 2020

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