For TeachLab’s first Failure to Disrupt Book Club episode, Justin Reich is joined by friend and colleague Audrey Watters for her insight on Justin’s new book as a well respected writer on educational technology.
They reflect on and play clips from the first live webinar Book Club from September 21st, where they were joined by special guest Chris Gilliard, Professor of English at Macomb Community College, to get his unique privacy and surveillance perspective on the book’s introductory chapter and edtech in the age of remote learning.
“I mean, one for one, the pandemic highlighted that it’s a place where kids go because their parents have to go to work. It’s a place where kids get fed. It’s all these things. As an educator, I don’t want to overstate this. I believe strongly in education, but it is a place where people, in some ways, it holds people until they’re adults. I’m trying to state that in the least offensive way possible. I mean “watch” in all the different ways you might think about it. Watch as in oversee. Watch as in take care of. Watch as in monitor.” -Chris Gilliard
In this episode we’ll talk about:
- Initial reflections on the webinar
- Privacy and surveillance in schools
- Mistaking surveillance for care
- Criticisms of “Learning at Scale”
- The incentives of technology companies
- Moving forward with edtech during pandemic times
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Produced by Aimee Corrigan and Garrett Beazley
Recorded and mixed by Garrett Beazley