Dissemination of research findings

As our research project is coming to a close, we have organised a one-day symposium to disseminate our findings. We hope that the event will bring together a diverse group of people working in the area of schools and digital technology. Date:              Thursday 24 November Time:       […]

recommendations for policymakers?

One of the aims of any piece of academic research is to inform policy. We were asked recently to do just that … so here are some of our immediate thoughts on what policy messages are coming from our research so far. If we were the Minister for Education in the Australian Federal government we […]

Pokemon at school …

[note: Pokemon Go was released in Australia on July 6th, causing a brief craze amongst different sections of society to play the game on their smartphones. These are Selena’s field notes from Lakeside High School, 8 days after its release – and at the height of its popularity] On my way into the school I […]

System failure – when the network goes down

The start of a sunny Thursday at Lakeside Secondary College. The playgrounds and communal spaces are buzzing as usual. At 8.50am nobody seems to notice that the music fails to kick in as scheduled over the loudspeakers to indicate that people should start thinking about heading to their first classes. Some kids – noses buried […]

presentation at Australian Education Union conference

Neil Selwyn will be speaking at an Australian Education Union conference on August 19th in Melbourne, outlining findings from the ‘Making A Digital Difference?’ project. Neil will be talking about the project’s exploration of how digital technologies impinge on the professional lives and working experiences of teachers. The title of the talk will be ‘The […]

Personal preferences …

Within any ‘BYOD’ class there is wide variation in the quality of students’ engagement with devices – something that is not immediately apparent when observing classes. In a mass of twenty-five students, one device quickly begins to resemble another. Yet the capacity of each individual student’s device can be dramatically different. Take the example of […]

New surveillance technologies

New surveillance technologies are gaining a foothold in both social and private contexts. Not only do these technologies have the capacity to probe “more deeply, widely and softly” than traditional modes of surveillance, they can also break down natural (distance, time, skin) and synthetic (walls) barriers that, in the past, offered protection to personal information […]

Digital affect

The emergence of internet technologies is a significant influence on student experiences of school. One notable shift is how affects circulate between student bodies in the online/offline spaces that constitute the contemporary school. Now the dominant internet-based platforms and applications in a school (most commonly ‘Learning Management Systems’, email, and educational apps) profoundly shape the […]

Developing a whole school perspective

The preoccupation of education researchers with matters of learning and teaching is odd when considering what people actually do at/for school. As soon as one starts observing what occurs in a school it becomes apparent that teachers only spend a fraction of their time actually teaching. Similarly, students spend little of their time actually studying, […]

Dataveillance and the digital school

The past decade has seen rapid growth in “new” surveillance technologies in public schools. Students and teachers now find themselves under continuous watch, with (in)dividualized data and information captured and circulated inside *and* outside of school amongst a variety of (un)known actors. Although there is increasing academic debate devoted to surveillance technology as an educational phenomenon, […]

Left to their own devices: the everyday realities of ‘one-to-one’ and ‘BYOD’ schools

<abstract for special issue of Oxford Review of Education> One significant change to schools over the past decade has been the increasing prevalence of personal digital technologies in classrooms and across campuses. In part this is a result of increased smartphone, tablet and laptop ownership amongst many students and teachers. Schools have also initiated official […]