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The Monsters of Education Technology

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A collection of essays about education technology: its history and its ideologies. Its monsters. These were originally delivered as lectures and keynotes during 2014, but have been edited and compiled here.
Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published November 29th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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Terry Clague
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific collection of talks and articles from education technology's "Cassandra" who argues that education technology is the "Trojan Horse poised to dismantle public education, to outsource and unbundle and disrupt and destroy."

In the course of these essays, the author highlights forgotten histories (e.g. Thomas Edison's 1913 prediction that textbooks would soon be obsolete); asks awkward questions about the meaning of "open"; compares the idea of technology having "wants" with Frankenstein's m
Jun 28, 2021 added it
This book is a collection of public speeches by Watters. The first section talks about the hidden or lost education technology, the second section covers the ideology of education technology. The third is a vision for the future of education technology or at least the point we are poised at where it becomes either monstrous or marvelous. Watters states, “The future of ed-tech is shaped by the history of ed-tech - whether we realize it or not” (Watters, 2014). This is the reason I read this book. ...more
Anthony Nguyen
If you're inundated with tools and ideas and you're just looking for a relaxing read without feeling pressured to have to try something new, I recommend this book! I also recommend it if you want to learn more about the origins of a lot of today's ed-tech, even if Watters' take on it is somewhat pessimistic. It's a quick read since it's a collection of speeches; each "chapter" flows extremely well.

See here for a more in-depth review:
Ben Kraft
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Audrey Watters is great, but this collection isn't really her best: it gets a bit repetitive at times, the speeches don't always read quite right as essays, and by now it's a bit dated. I'm looking forward to Teaching Machines though! ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audrey Watters' work on the history and assumptions of education technology is very, very good. If you haven't come across her before this book is a good place to start! ...more
Brigid Goslin
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wrote this review as an assignment for a course in the Master of Educational Technology program at Boise State University.

In the world of exciting, sugar-coated, gleaming “newness” of Educational Technology, Audrey Watters casts a monstrous shadow over it in her appropriately titled book, The Monsters of Education Technology, snatching away the proverbial candy from Ed Tech’s babies. Watters was on her way to writing another book, Teaching Machines, and in the process was traveling to Ed Tech
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the intersection of education history and technology you'll find Audrey Watters, applying a critical, social-justice-minded lens to modern approaches to revamping education. This book is a lightly edited collection of talks given by Watters that asks hard questions about the Silicon Valley approach to education. My only criticism: more judicial editing to reduce duplication of content would have made the collected book easier to read.

In lieu of a full review, here are notes I took while readi
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I always feel like my ratings are pretty bland on Goodreads. Almost everything I read gets four stars. Anything that would wind up being three stars or less would most likely not ever get finished. The good news is that there are a plethora of good books out there and I have ample people in my life who are sources for rock solid recommendations.

Why five stars for this one?

My criteria for a five star review is that it has to be a book that I am highly likely to read again in the future. This boo
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not a book, per se, but a collection of 14 talks--presentations--on aspects of education technology. Lots of overlapping material which--strangely--only adds to the straightforward, no-bullshit tone of these interwoven essays. Watters makes her points clearly, around single topics--data, teaching machines, the overbalance of male thinking in technological design and practice--and then, bingo, the next essay is related and builds on the previous one.

It may have been a quick and dirty way to write
Antonio Rodriguez
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
great ideas but repetitive

Because they are talks a lot of the most interesting facts are repeated. However this author has a great voice and is worth listening to.
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