2. Universities and secondary schools seem to favor a one-size-fits-all LMS. I can understand a common grade-entry software, but this standardization of learning platforms seems to go against the spirit of innovation and creativity that educational technology has to offer. Standardization in general is a 20th Century trend. Standardized tests, national content standards, standardized textbooks, uniforms, standard calendars... it all needs to go. Students aren't standardized objects. Why do we try to put them in a standard educational box? Educational technology should do the complete opposite. Would we standardize art?
3. Schools continue to pay big money for LMS software, when the services they actually use within the LMS are free on hundreds of other sites? As the graph shows, the main use of Blackboard was simply posting assignments. Any free website can do that (Google Sites, Weebly, etc.). The second use is for announcements. Again, this could easily be delivered free in dozens of ways for free. I would venture to guess cheaper "grade" software exists too.
I hope this is simply the early transitional stage of technology integration. Certainly this infographic isn't the best we can do for kids. I read an article recently in Forbes Magazine that stated,
"Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know".How long will it be until our education system responds?