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Distrusting Educational Technology: Critical Questions for Changing Times
Distrusting Educational Technology critically explores the optimistic consensus that has arisen around the use of digital technology in education. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, this book shows how apparently neutral forms of educational technology have actually served to align educational provision and practices with neo-liberal values, th ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Routledge
(first published January 1st 2013)
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I do like the way Selwyn cuts through some of the idealistic and utopian rhetoric around educational technology. He manages to expose the way current ed tech rather than democratising society, can entrench existing power structures and create new elites; promote individualism over collectivism and common good; and further erode public education. I don't agree with every part of his analysis, which sought to problematise educational technology, but it does provide an excellent provocation: who re ...more
Fantastic, seminal, paradigm-shifting & forming, and impactful. Though they are very different books, I am reminded of James Gee's Social Linguistics and Literacies. Selwyn's pessimism leads him to interrogate ideologies and assertions of edtech's benefits, to great effect. As an online learning and learning design professional (read: advocate for well-designed, well-implemented virtual learning) this book was deeply influential to me in taking a critical stance on technology. Highly recommended ...more
I enjoyed reading this book because it gave an alternative viewpoint. While I didn't necessarily agree with everything Selwyn had to say, I do appreciate both sides to the educational technology argument. Selwyn crafts his arguments to be clear and concise, but also allows his readers to come to their own conclusion without trying to persuade them to agree with his opinion. This is a quick and entertaining read that really challenges you to think critically about the types of technology being in ...more
Thought provoking, critical look at educational technology. I may not agree with everything Selwyn says, but it does prompt thinking about ed tech. While Selwyn provides a critical view, he ends the book with sound suggestions for proceeding with research into and implementing educational technology.