Before we build, we need to dismantle the surveillance ed-tech that already permeates our schools. And we need to dismantle the surveillance culture that it’s emerged from. I think this is one of our most important challenges in the months and years ahead. We must abolish “cop shit,” recognizing that almost all of ed-tech is precisely that.
Source: Building Anti-Surveillance Ed-Tech
“Does It Make More Sense to Invest in School Security or SEL?” Edsurge asked in 2018. Those are the choices education technology now has for us apparently: surveillance or surveillance.
Source: The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade
When we develop and use educational technologies that monitor a student’s every moment in school and online, we groom that student for a lifetime of surveillance
Source: Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance by Jessy Irwin | Model View Culture
“We should be thinking about how to have pedagogies of care, not of surveillance,” she said. “I’m not sure we can ask Google to be a part of that.”
Source: With New Anti-Plagiarism Tool, Google Enters Familiar Debates About Teaching Writing – Education Week
Surveillance capitalism now claims private human experience as free raw material for translation into behavioral predictions that are bought and sold in a new kind of private marketplace.
Source: ‘Surveillance capitalism’ has gone rogue. We must curb its excesses.
Surveillance capitalism is in our schools. It’s a feature of behaviorist ed-tech and “personalized learning”. Students are being commodified.
Ed-tech relies on amnesia.
Ed-tech is a confidence game. That’s why it’s so full of marketers and grifters and thugs. (The same goes for “tech” at large.)
Source: HEWN, No. 297
Despite scant evidence in support of the psychopedagogies of mindsets, mindfulness, wellness, and grit, the ed-tech industry (press) markets these as solutions to racial and gender inequality (among other things), as the psychotechnologies of personalization are now increasingly intertwined not just with surveillance and with behavioral data analytics, but with genomics as well. “Why Progressives Should Embrace the Genetics of Education,” a NYT op-ed piece argued in July, perhaps forgetting that education’s progressives (including Montessori) have been down this path before.
“Does It Make More Sense to Invest in School Security or SEL?” Edsurge asked its readers this summer. Those are the choices – surveillance or surveillance.
What an utter failure of imagination.
Source: The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2018)
This is a personalized learning I can get behind. Not Class Dojo. Not surveillance and behaviorism.
Personalized learning requires equity literacy.