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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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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