Interruptions: Education Inside the Panopticon


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The internet has opened new paths for teaching about power, feminism, & technology. It has also expanded surveillance. What does this mean for students and educators? Join us in exploring some of the many digital technologies we use to guide people in seeing 'through' the internet.

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Interruptions: Education Inside the Panopticon

  1. 1. interruptions. digital disruptions. education inside the panopticon. kiem sie & darshan elena campos The internet has opened new paths for teaching about power, feminism, & technology. It has also expanded surveillance.
  2. 2. if you have a smart device & want to pull up our pages, use these TinyURLs: @vannechang
  3. 3. We are always watched by governments & corporations. We are watched by our academic institutions. We also watch each other. This is what we mean by ‘education inside the panopticon.’ So, what does this mean for educators & students?
  4. 4. @lovelyannie68 @borona323heyy @eddiegilmour
  5. 5. 1. Thanks, Welcome & Introductions 2. Goals 3. What We Do as a Team 4. Digital Platforms for Curious People: ● Storybird + a Story with a Sincere Question: Is Academic Discourse Getting You Down? ● Poll Everywhere ● Padlet 6. Your Thoughts: Poll Everywhere & Padlet To Do: @emanuel_monti@vannechang@matthewstinar
  6. 6. Thanks to the organizers! Welcome! And We Are? Kiem & Darshan
  7. 7. Goals... Because we like to meet them. ● Model & describe our workshop approach. ● Introduce the concept of seeing ‘through’ the internet. ● Share a few digital platforms that promote curiosity & more open learning exchanges.
  8. 8. @mkermitc @aldocore @loaizacolorado
  9. 9. What does it mean to see ‘through’ the internet? Or, what is informed participation in the panopticon? For us, it means seeing the internet as neither free nor fully open. We pay with our time. We pay with our personal information. We pay by purchasing smartphones & data plans. We even pay when we can’t : we become outsiders. top image: @thetouchofelegance, bottom image: @saronachan
  10. 10. Plus, the internet doesn’t hold all the world’s knowledge. What we share online is a small fraction of our knowledge, sensing, & experience. Yes, we the internet. We also love real cats, not just videos and photos of cats. @eddiegilmour
  11. 11. we love questions. in fact, we organize our workshops around questions. what does it mean to see ‘through’ the internet? people are curious creatures. yes? and we are smarter & more engaged when working together.
  12. 12. What We Know ● Technology is part of education, & learning happens everywhere. ● There is no outside to surveillance. ● We do not know the full implications of mass internet surveillance. ● For many people, digital technologies make learning more pleasurable. ● Many people are using the internet to share their unique knowledge & change society for the better.
  13. 13. @pernillanilla @cemkizitug @mayforceone
  14. 14. What We Do ● Research digital tools for use in diverse learning environments. ● Facilitate interactive workshops that promote digital literacy. ● Use gameplay & teamwork to foster deeper learning.
  15. 15. Here, we present & explore some of the many tools we use to guide folks in seeing 'through' the internet to find deeper, more authentic connections between living people. For us, tech is a tool. yes, we have a no tech option!
  16. 16. Digital Platforms for Curious People: 1. Storybird 2. Poll Everywhere 3. Padlet And we won’t go over them here, but we are using these tools too: 4. Smore 5. TinyURL 6. 7. Google Presentations
  17. 17. Introducing… Storybird! We gain the deepest and most lasting knowledge when we switch between learning methods. This is the beauty of Storybird. (And the reason why video games are awesome, & lectures tend to be boring.) Storybird brings writers, artists, & readers together. Users can look at images & combine them to craft a story. Or, writers can use the site to search for images that convey their meaning.
  18. 18. @deluxphoto @txemacg @azurefjord
  19. 19. Storybird raises many issues for us as educators. A Big Plus: Contributing artists retain copyright and earn 30-50% of the royalties from print editions, which users can buy on the site. A Big Minus: Storybird markets to children and commercializes the classroom. It pushes families to purchase snazzy print editions. End Story? We don’t recommend Storybird for use in traditional classrooms, especially with younger learners. We use it in other sites, like this conference.
  20. 20. It is storytime! To read this story, visit <>
  21. 21. Introducing…. Poll Everywhere! Not everybody owns a smartphone! Plus, Twitter is tied to an account. Poll Everywhere allows people with SMS (translation: short message service) devices such as cell phones to share their ideas more anonymously. Caution: Keep in mind that posting might cost money; it depends on the data plan on the user.
  22. 22. Introducing…. Padlet! Perhaps you are in a room where many folks have computers, other smart devices, and WIFI. Padlet might be a better option for soliciting feedback more anonymously. And, we'll be honest, it is the pretty one!
  23. 23. Let’s do it! So, is academic discourse getting you down? What does it mean to teach inside the panopticon? How can we see ‘through’ the internet?
  24. 24. Here are three ways to share more anonymously. 1. Write your ideas on paper. ● We will post your comments before the day is over. 3. Post to Poll Everywhere. ● Take our your cell phone. ● Go to your text messaging app. ● Create a new message to 22333. ● In the body of the message, text 540665 & your message. ● Send! 2. Post to Padlet. ● Go to <> ● Double click on the wall. ● Post!
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  26. 26. Kiem Sie is the Instructional Technology Administrator at Mills College & is currently pursuing an MA in Education: Instructional Technologies at SFSU. Kiem’s interests focus on developing systems & methods that assist educators & students in enhancing their learning outcomes. Tweet Kiem @kiemsie or email
  27. 27. Learning is Darshan's lifeblood. She has a passion for teaching history, popular culture, & formal academic writing. Darshan loves to join social movements & has a Ph.D. from UCSC. Learning is awesome. Make it so! Tweet Darshan @darshancampos, email, or visit org like organism!
  28. 28. About TinyURL: Because many websites have long URLs (translation: uniform resource locator AKA web address), we suggest using TinyURL and generating a custom alias such as <>.
  29. 29. "Set your Instagram free!" gives Instagram users a platform to release their images under a creative commons license. What is creative commons licensing and the larger creative commons movement? CC encourages users to liberate their creations or communicate which rights they reserve & waive when sharing stuff online. If you see an '@' sign below an image on this page or in our workshops, it is an image we found on We this website & its many users!
  30. 30. This curriculum is open for remixing! We want you to use our stuff. We think it makes learning & teaching more fun, more useful, & more relevant. Here are our terms: This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon our work even for commercial purposes, as long as you credit us and license your new creations under the identical terms.