Technologies clearly value some goals and ideals over others. For example, consider how the printed book values linear thinking over more branched, divergent thinking. Unfortunately, the natures of technology’s biases are difficult to uncover as technology may reveal user bias, designer bias, bias inherent within the technology, or some combination of these biases. To make informed decisions regarding technology, educators must understand how belief systems impact technology implementation, how technology can change our beliefs in unexpected ways, and how technology’s value systems affect teachers’ actions in unexpected ways.
This post is from a paper I recently presented at the Association for Science Teacher Educators. For the full paper and citations, click here.