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Kindness, Education, Indoctrination and Power

The power of kindness in an education that strives not to indoctrinate.
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The Myth of a Radical Digital Connectivity

The Myth of a Radical Digital Connectivity | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
The myth of the radically horizontal structure of digital connectivity - like a digital rhizome - with a supposedly radical political potential.
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Why We Quit Teaching

Why We Quit Teaching | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it

A sotry Our reasons for leaving the teaching profession after two decades in education teaching English to native speakers and as a foreign language (EFL, ESOL)

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A story of failure as an antidote to that plethroa of stories of success and #edtech enhanced pedagogic performance. Teaching English from the peaks to the gutter.

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Critical Thinking - a Critique

Critical Thinking - a Critique | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Critical thinking skills for the 21st century in the secondary school - a critique of teaching and framing critical thinking
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A critique of teacher talk about critical thinking skills classes in secondary education.

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Paulo Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Reading Freire as a critic of today's narrow ideas about self-directed learning, the teacher as guide and the edtech-enhanced personalisation of education.
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Twitter hashtag activism - a critique

Twitter hashtag activism - a critique | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Twitter activism and hashtag activism - is it the gravedigger of the oppressive regime or is it helping to prop it up? The politics of Twitter.
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A look at the conservative politics of Twitter - a critique of hashtag activism in the social media

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Sir Ken Robinson and the Luddites on industry and factory-model schools

Sir Ken Robinson and the Luddites on industry and factory-model schools | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson criticises industry and the factory school model. This sounds vaguely Luddite. Is Ken Robinson on the side of the Luddites?
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Comparing the opposition of Sir Ken Robinson and the Luddites to industry and the factory model of the school.

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Technology is not tools

Technology is not tools | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Is technology reducible to tools that are neutral, waiting for us to put them to our ends? No.
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Critique of the idea of the neutrality of technology.

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Teaching English as a Truly Foreign Language - rethinking the F in TEFL

Teaching English as a Truly Foreign Language - a reflection on the meaning of the F in TEFL and the S in TESOL
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An introduction to an anti-imperial approach to TEFL TESOL and ELT

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EFL/ELT and Globalization

EFL/ELT and Globalization | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
EFL ESL ELT and globalization - the role of teaching English as a foreign language in the broader process of establishing a new xenophobic world order
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Critique of the complicity of ELT in an essentially xenophobic process of globalization.

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The digital mythology and its complicity in the economic crisis

The digital mythology and its complicity in the economic crisis | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
A look at how digital technology is part of the problem and not a set of neutral ed tech tools we might use to survive the economic crisis.
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EdTech and the economic crisis, a critique

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Sugata Mitra's moral message - a Nietzchean critique

Sugata Mitra's moral message - a Nietzchean critique | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra and the morality of the edtech anti-teacher teachers seen from a Nietzschean perspective as the Last Teachers
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The moral message of the anti-teacher movement in education headed by Sugata Mitra with reference to Nietzsche's cameo of the Last Man. "Behold, the Last Teachers."

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Sugata Mitra and the new educational Romanticism – a parody

Sugata Mitra and the new educational Romanticism – a parody | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra's edtech pedagogy for online discovery learning read as the nadir of educational Romanticism - a Rousseau-inspired critique
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Reading Sugata Mitra's digitally enhanced discovery learning as a parody of the great Romantic approach to education argued for by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his Emile

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Hannah Arendt "The Crisis in Education"

Hannah Arendt "The Crisis in Education" | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Hannah Arendt essay on child-centred pedagogies: "The Crisis in Education" - full text from 1954
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Full text of Hannah Arendt's essay "The Crisis in Education" from 1954 on child centred pedagogy and the attempt to liberate the child in education.

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Active learning and the passivity of education at its best

Active learning and the passivity of education at its best | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Ideas of active learning and agency in education reconsidered going beyond the crass pedagogic binary of active (good) vs passive (bad).
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Critique of a discourse of active learning that assumes an opposition between active (good) and passive (bad).

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Learner Autonomy & It's Complicity

Learner Autonomy & It's Complicity | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Learner autonomy and active learning in a personalised education for success as training for the new heteronomy.
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Critique of ideas about learner autonomy and active learning in education.

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Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins: The God Delusion | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Critique of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion, picking up his charge that faith is evil, and pointing out the evil of science.
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Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion calls faith evil. We look at the corresponding evil of modern science in an immanent critique of the Dawkins view of religion.

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EdTech and the Fate of the Individual

EdTech and the Fate of the Individual | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Critique of the supposed liberation of the individual by digital technology, describing the slow death of the individual, and calling for a second Renaissance.
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Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech

Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Frankenstein as a meditation on monstrosity in the modern world in general and education (especially the edtech discourse).
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The novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley and the relevance of its meditation on monstrosity for modernity and education.

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Toward a Luddite Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy

Toward a Luddite Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
The time has come to take a stand against this thoughtless use of “Luddite” in the pejorative. The historical record needs to be set straight, and it needs to be set straight as a prelude to defending a Luddite approach to education.
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Defence of a Luddite pedagogy and a critique of the thoughtless use of "Luddite" in the pejorative seen in the edtech discourse.

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Digital citizenship in education - a critique of an edtech myth

Digital citizenship in education - a critique of an edtech myth | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
A look at the vacuity of digital citizenship education and the myth that technological development is a boon to political progress, and a new citizenship
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Digital citizenship as a myth and digital citizenship education as a lesson in search of a subject. #edtech at its most vacuous.

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The Myth of a Silent TEFL Equity

The Myth of a Silent TEFL Equity | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
NNEST discrimination and the need for the TEFL equity advocates to see their campaign as part of a broader critique of the current form of globalization.
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Discrimination in ELT EFL TESOL and its links to the broader business of globalization.

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Prometheus connected: liberation and fate after the digital revolution

Prometheus connected: liberation and fate after the digital revolution | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Technology and the development of the Promethean imaginary from Aeschylus to Seth Godin and Sir Ken Robinson.
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The dialectic of the Promethean after the digital revolution, with reference to Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Ivan Illich.

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Just Another Hole in the Wall

Just Another Hole in the Wall | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Critique of Sugata Mitra's hole in the wall approach to schooling, education and teaching
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Description of the SOLE schooling as preparing children for a post-Fordist economy.

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Sugata Mitra and neoliberalism

Sugata Mitra and neoliberalism | EdTechPedagogy | Scoop.it
Joining the dots between Sugata Mitra's edtech model for a child-driven education and neoliberalism - from the SOLE to the neoliberal new world order
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Reading the edtech SOLE as a nice training ground for the next generation of neoliberals

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