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Wednesday, November 8 • 16:20 - 17:20
It's free, It's Easy and It's Spying on our Children: School Technology in the K-12 Public System

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Examining the tensions that exist between private and public interests, curriculum objectives and technological literacy, security and ease of use, this presentation identifies the effects of commercialized technologies upon education and offers relevant suggestions for a sustainable, more secure, more democratic and healthier technological learning environment.

The type of computers a school purchases, the operating system it promotes, the software a school provides, the websites they frequent, and the extraneous devices they allow, all form the educational environment that shapes the experience and understanding of the child.

The Internet and computer hardware and software do not always function in accord with the public interest. Companies like Facebook and Google make income through surveillance capitalism while the operating systems of Microsoft and Apple function as digital retail stores. Yet, despite being in conflict with the principles of public education and their use by schools potentially contravening privacy rights, they have been embraced by school authorities.

How might we better shape the technological infrastructure of schools to increase positive learning outcomes that respect the health and well being of our students and all of society?

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Timothy Lee

Teacher and Digital Communicator, "10 Tech Rules For Schools"
Timothy Lee is an Art and Media teacher with expert skills in digital communications, media creation and design. He worked in corporate communications writing and producing media productions. He also worked in the film and television industries as a writer of feature films and television... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 16:20 - 17:20 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 301

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