Ludwig von Mises, the heart and soul of the Austrian School of Economics, wrote about Trotsky's belief that under the right form of socialism "the average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And, beyond this ridge new peaks would rise." (from Human Action, Ludwig von Mises). Mises noted that Charles Fourier (not the famed mathematician of the same last name) dreamed of the day when the oceans would be filled with lemonade.
I bring this up in the context of the belief that with the right application of technology children will spontaneously evolve into a new human type, learning will become a joy, as will teaching and all other forms of labor. Let's keep in mind that learning is work, and as with any form of work, learning requires a certain level of disutility. In other words, it just ain't easy. Never was, never will be.
The technology question is best answered by reading the first six pages of The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology in the Classroom. Seems we have been here before with the PC being the latest siren of the technology promise.
According to Oppenheimer, it was first assumed that motion pictures would release the mind from the mundane efforts of learning and send the classroom into obsolescence. Minds no less than Thomas Edison predicted the new age of learning. Books and research followed but achievement remained lost in the enthusiasm.
Next up was radio and BF Skinner claiming, "students could learn twice as much" from the classroom radio. This failure was followed closely by the introduction of TV and its assumed new learning revolution.
So here we are with some stating that computers will save the day. I suggest that those who believe this spend 10 minutes or so reading the first few pages of Oppenheimer's book. Though he leans toward the Progressive/constructivist approach, he holds out little hope for the success of computers.
Where does this take us? What is the point of these discussions? We can't lose sight of the need for education reform, not just some new technology or pedagogy, but true market-based reform that provides the solutions to the problem of across-the-board low achievement.
If we ride the horse of technology we will find ourselves galloping along with the Progressives and constructivist. Technology will certainly make for strnge riding partners.
What's the solution? Add choice to education, or better yet, close failed government schools and return education back to parents and the free market.