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 ac...
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 a...
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 Tuesd...
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
human...
“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
irasocol@gmail.com
irasocol.com
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Liberation Technologies for Education

  1. 1. Who manipulates your students’ worlds? Ira David Socol Michigan State University Albemarle County Public Schools
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Technology the art of manipulating the world
  4. 4. Technology as Truth Technology determines our frame of reference. Our enframing of the world.
  5. 5. Technology  All that we create to manipulate our world  Structures, Furniture, Lighting  Time Schedules  Information and Communication Systems
  6. 6. Technology as Colonial Coercive Technologies.
  7. 7. TPACK Technological Knowledge is inherent component of Content Knowledge construction.
  8. 8. Enframing
  9. 9. Enframing
  10. 10. Enframing
  11. 11. Enframing
  12. 12. Enframing
  13. 13. Enframing
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Enframing
  16. 16. Enframing
  17. 17. Liberation Technologies
  18. 18. Postcolonial Theories Colonizing: Reproducing a lesser version of yourself (your power structure) within others
  19. 19. Liberation Allowing humans to develop within their unique capabilities.
  20. 20. “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.
  21. 21. “Toolbelt Theory” Task-based, student-centered, technology choice paradigm No diagnosis/prescription
  22. 22. How vs. What
  23. 23. What vs. How
  24. 24. Must your students…  Read your way?  Write your way?  Count your way?  Sit your way?  Work in your time schedule?
  25. 25. What makes your way, the right way?
  26. 26. Are you so sure… …that your way will be right for your students?
  27. 27. Ira David Socol irasocol@gmail.com irasocol.com

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