findings

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:       […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Rhizomatic networks

Scholars have claimed that in a network society surveillance has become post-panoptic. Arguing that Foucault’s conceptualization of surveillance fails to engage directly with contemporary developments in surveillance practices, Haggerty and Ericson (2000) draw on the theoretical framework of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. They use the rhizome to explain two primary characteristics of the surveillant […]

Communicative disruptions

Media can be used in various ways, and particular forms of media are shaped by the ways that people use them for communication. New media is always closely intertwined with communication and/or technology, and is an assemblage of some sort. I currently sit in some junior secondary classrooms to observe as a researcher and am […]

Desktop configuration

  As part of many schools’ ‘one-to-one’ programs, students are loaned their ‘own’ devices during their time at school. Various aspects of these devices can be configured by the student – such as screensavers, backgrounds and other ‘personal system preferences’. At the same time, these devices are also used to configure the students, with standardized […]