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  • November 13, 2015

    Five Reasons Not To Use Educational TechnologyBy: Andrew Campbell (@acampbell99)

  • Five Reasons NOT to Use EdTech


  • Hope & Optimism

  • All Islamic artists make a deliberate error in their work on the grounds that

    Only God Is Perfect.

    The small dots within each of the two energies (represented by black and white) symbolize that there is always some Yin

    (black) within Yang (white) and vice versa.

    Islamic Art

    Yin and Yang

  • Part of embracing technology in the classroom has to be recognizing the flaws

  • Credit: Audrey Watters

    If a historian were to draw a line connecting Jean Piagets work on developmental psychology to todays trends in educational technology, the

    line would simply be labeled Papert.

  • We put computers in schools and kids dont come out thinking any

    better Steve Wozniak, May 1st,


  • Without ed-tech criticism, well still be stuckwith a technocentrism that masks rather than uncovers let alone challenges power Audrey Watters (@audreywatters)

  • Acorn Electron (32 kb of Ram)

  • Students today are growing up in a world where technology and

    digital resources are an integral part of their everyday lives. We

    need to tap into that existing knowledge and familiarity with

    technology to make learning even more compelling, and allow our

    students to become the innovators, entrepreneurs and

    leaders of tomorrow.

    Liz Sandals, Minster of Education, announcing a $150,000,000 Technology

    and Learning Fund

    September 4th, 2014

  • Technology in the Classroom

    $344 Billion$382 Billion$483 Billion

  • $31.31 billion (2013)

    $59.90 billion (2018)


    EdTech is BIG Business

    ($3-6 billion in Canada (estimated))

  • What Brand Are You??What Brand Is Your Board??

  • Our kids are being prepared for

    passive obedience, not creative,

    independent lives Noam Chomsky The Corporate

    Assault on Public Education

    How do corporate values align with the values of education?

  • Some Questions

  • Differentiated LearningDifferentiation

    Professional Autonomy &Differentiated


    Regulation 298: 7. (1) The principal of a school, in consultation with the teachers concerned, shall select from the list of the

    textbooks approved by the Minister (Trillium List) the textbooks for the use of pupils of the

    school, and the selection shall be subject to the approval of the board. R.R.O. 1990, Reg.

    298, s. 7 (1).

    Under Threat?Who chooses the

    digital instructional materials in your


    Do educators have input into the digital

    tools used?

    Is there a list of approved tools that

    educators select from based on student


  • Would You Take That Deal?

  • SMARTeacher Inc., Burlington, Ontario

  • if a marketer knocked on your door and asked to spend several hours secretly

    observing your child, recording everything he or she was doing and

    saying for secret purposes, youd probably tell them to take a hike. This is

    happening every day with very little resistance.

    Sara M. GrimesUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of


  • I Just cant even

  • Ganz Toy Company, Woodbridge, Ontario

  • On March 7, 2012, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada initiated a complaint against Ganz under subsection 11(2) of the Act.

    In 2005 Ganz, a privately-held Canadian partnership, introduced the concept of web-enabled plush toys called Webkinz (Pets) and launched the accompanying Webkinz

    World website

  • RecommendationsMinimize the collection of personal informationPrevent the inadvertent collection of personal information (usernames)Deleting inactive accountsPrivacy practices must be understandableDefault Settings Should Be Private

  • One thing is clear: those who have the power to protect

    student privacy will not do so as long as they can continue to subsidize the cost of public

    education with student data. Jessy Irwin. (@JessySaurusRex)

    Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance

  • The future is already here it's just not very evenly distributed.

    William Gibson, Author of Cyberpunk, 1993

  • a great digital divide persists where lower-income households

    remain without internet.

    38% percent of Canadians in the lowest income quartile dont have

    Internet access

    compared with 5% of Canadians in the highest income quartile

  • Arthur By Marc Brown, circa 1986

    An Historical Problem

  • Every child deserves the chance to

    participate in the information revolution.

    Bill Clinton, President of The United States of America

    State of The Union Address, 2000

  • Those from low SES are less likely to have a computer in their own

    home (2003)

    Statscan data points to Canadas growing digital divide (2013)

  • Students from low-income families arent exposed to technology

    Students dont see technology use modelled in the same way (Second Level Digital Divide)

    Low income students cant access the same resources outside of school time

    Only see the internet through school filtersExcluded from benefits of innovative

    practices (BYOD, Flip Class)

    Consequences of The Digital Divide

  • What Do These Jobs Have In Common?


  • Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations (PLATO)Late 1960s. Dr Donald Bitzers (U of Illinois) Teaching Machine

  • One thing we feel strongly about: teachers aren't going anywhere. Whatever word you

    choose - teacher, tutor, preceptor, or something else - the role a teacher plays in the classroom is

    huge. Jeff & Katie Dunn

    Teachers are not, and cannot be automatons handing out information to students. They

    are leaders, guides, facilitators, and mentors.

  • Teachers often ask me, am I going to lose my job? I say no because your job will get harder. It will become a different job. It will go from

    being a master standing at the front of class to a helpful friend at the back.

    Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University

  • Teaching is Changing Because of Technology

    older, more experienced teachers not younger, so-called digital

    natives are experimenting more with new technology in the

    classroom Young Canadians in a Wired World (2013)

  • What about teachers not suited

    to using technology?

    What about students or

    subjects that dont want or suit tech?


  • Are You an Innovator or an Early Adopter??

  • Beal, Rogers and Bohlen

  • Characteristics of the Early Majority (34%)Socially aware: dont want to risk rejection by standing out from the crowdApproaching new ideas with cautionWhen others adopt dive in for fear of being left behind

    Characteristics of the Early Adopters (13.5%)Eager to explore new options (cutting edge)Willing to take risksConsidered leaders: Spread new ideas.

  • EdTech Needs of Early Majority Exposed to embedded early adopters showing

    them the benefits of new technology Support in learning how to use them and

    encouraging them to take risks Reliable infrastructure- reduce risk of failure

  • Are We Providing A Reliable Infrastructure?

  • Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)6,000 km of fibre connecting more than 2 million students, educators, researchers and

    innovators in Ontario

  • Five Reasons NOT to Use EdTech


  • Thank you for listening

    AndrewSCampbell.Com @acampbell99