Ed Tech and Social Engineering: Present Tense

Original post at https://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/09/13/our-future-as-social-machines/ from Alison McDowell This spring I visited Boston for an education conference, and while there I spent an afternoon exploring MIT and Harvard with a friend. I wanted to see with my own eyes the spaces where these destructive policies of social impact investing (Harvard) and digital economics and Human-Computer Interaction (MIT) ...

Building a Movement, Community by Community

  Classrooms, Not Computers has found a new title for its campaign – Stop Corporate Surveillance in Schools: A Movement Supporting People-Powered Classrooms Without Corporate Data Mined Students. Our mission is the same – to build a community-based movement to dismantle the corporate-driven policies and practices in schools that lead to violations of student privacy, ...

Webinar Recording and Campaign Updates 1

Webinar Recording and Campaign Updates
  The Classrooms, Not Computers Campaign had an amazing first webinar. Alison McDowell (www.wrenchinthegears) took attendees through a one-and-a-half hour in depth discussion about how education corporations are pushing computer-based learning on students and data mining while crowding out classroom-based instruction. We explored how governmental and private interests are pushing for more technology driven solutions to ...

Grit, Human Capital, and Data Mining: What’s Next for Children

This is a special re-post of a significant research piece by Alison McDowell. The original post can be found here. Its important for all of us to understand that while the use and abuse of student data for profit is abhorrent in and of itself, there are far greater implications for the data mining agenda. ...