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Liberation Technologies for Education



Can contemporary technologies finally break the colonial context of education? (background slides)

Can contemporary technologies finally break the colonial context of education? (background slides)



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    Liberation Technologies for Education Liberation Technologies for Education Presentation Transcript

    • Who manipulates your students’ worlds? Ira David Socol Michigan State University Albemarle County Public Schools
    • Heidegger
      • “ One, Technology is a means to an end; it is an “instrument” to meet our needs. Second, Technology is a human activity. These two statements about technology are interconnected “for to posit ends and procure and utilize the means to them is a human activity.”’
      • - Mike’s Class
    • Technology
      • the art of manipulating the world
    • Technology as Truth
      • Technology determines our frame of reference.
      • Our enframing of the world.
    • Technology
      • All that we create to manipulate our world
      • Structures, Furniture, Lighting
      • Time Schedules
      • Information and Communication Systems
    • Technology as Colonial
      • Coercive Technologies.
    • TPACK
      • Technological Knowledge is inherent component of Content Knowledge construction.
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
      • “ Cross said she and her husband, Glenn Cross, and the couple's three school-age children went to bed early Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Before turning in, the youngsters played board games and finished their homework by firelight. " Just like Abe Lincoln ," Glenn Cross said.”
      • - Chicago Tribune 1996
    • Enframing
    • Enframing
    • Liberation Technologies
    • Postcolonial Theories
      • Colonizing:
      • Reproducing a lesser version of yourself (your power structure) within others
    • Liberation
      • Allowing humans to develop within their unique capabilities.
    • “ Toolbelt Theory”
      • Once students get to pick their own tools, and choose their own representations they are liberated humans. And then we can collaborate, rather than oppress.
    • “ Toolbelt Theory ”
      • Task-based, student-centered, technology choice paradigm
      • No diagnosis/prescription
    • How vs. What
    • What vs. How
    • Must your students…
      • Read your way?
      • Write your way?
      • Count your way?
      • Sit your way?
      • Work in your time schedule?
    • What makes your way, the right way?
    • Are you so sure…
      • … that your way will be right for your students?
    • Ira David Socol [email_address] irasocol.com