Privilege & Technology

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The picture above is from Stuart Selber’s book, “Multiliteracies for a Digital Age”. I highly recommend it – particularly for language arts teachers.

Regarding the underlined portion: I think we’ve thought long & hard about infrastructural needs. Now it is time we start asking about how technology privileges some things (people, skills, tasks, thought, etc) over others. I particularly think we need to continue to question the pedagogical assumptions of the software (or any resource, tech or not). If we really questioned the pedagogical assumptions of proposals, then khan academy, TFA, standardized tests, etc would not be around. Unfortunately, in education we let politicians & other non-educators shoot first & ask questions later.

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