Schools in the digital age – what is to be done?

Any assessment of the ‘messy’ state of schools and digital technology is bound to be a frustrating exercise. The immediate reaction of many readers of our research is likely to be a combination of disappointment, dissatisfaction and demand for action. ‘So how might things be improved?’. ‘What needs to change?’. ‘What exactly would you do […]

Surveillance in-school?

Surveillance processes and practices are embeded in many public schools. A common form of school surveillance is the use of CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras which are said to act as deterrents. CCTV cameras – both old and new – are visible in all three schools, signalling to those who enter these environments that they […]

Writing and re-writing

While we are not even halfway through the empirical stages of the project, we are now well into the thinking/making sense/developing ‘findings’ phase. Keep an eye on the ‘Project Outputs’ tab for details for what is being produced … but bear in mind that this is an iterative process. Today’s great piece of writing always […]

News media coverage

Our first wave of data analysis from the student survey (initially focusing on students’ experiences of school rules and regulations) was featured in a piece in The Age newspaper this weekend (15th August). These headlines are taken from a paper that we will be presenting at the 2016 AERA conference in Washington DC. The online […]

3D printers in the classroom

Digital fabrication and ‘3D Making’ technologies are a prominent recent addition to many secondary schools, hastened by the increased affordability of Computer Assisted Design software and devices such as 3D printers, e-textiles and microprocessors. One of the digital devices that we have been coming across in our study schools is the ‘UP Plus’ 3D printer […]

Transversing time (zones) and space

Sitting on the train on the way home from work, a young woman sat down opposite me with no handbag, but she held in her hands two smartphones – one in each hand. One was a HTC and the other had a cover over it so I was unable to identify it. Clothed in a […]

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 […]

What it means to conduct a critical study of technology and schools

INTRODUCTION Ours is a deliberately critical study of schools and technology. But what does this mean in practice? Here are three aspects of our research approach that might not be obvious … and that we need to keep reminding ourselves of as our fieldwork progresses.   #1. Thinking otherwise (rather than against) Being critical of […]

Digital youth in brick & mortar schools

‘Real-life’ studies of school technology use in situ are few and far between. Education researchers tend mostly to focus on case studies of classrooms where noteworthy forms of technology use are being enacted. Such studies are interesting enough, but tell us little of how these situations might be replicated in other classrooms, in different schools, […]