ethnographic field notes

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 […]

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 […]