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The disingenuous nature of ’empowerment’ in edtech

Technology is often presented as a means of empowerment within education, but we are in danger of actively holding pupils back by ignoring the inherent class bias of this narrative. I recently attended Bett, a large educational technology expo held annually at the ExCeL London. There were many impressive products available to preview, from a …

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Education in the age of cyborgs: the effects of extended intelligence

In October last year Barack Obama guest edited a special issue of Wired magazine entitled Final Frontiers. In it, he discussed the opportunities and challenges new technologies might pose in the future. Artificial intelligence was foremost amongst these. In an interview with Obama, Joi Ito of MIT referred to extended intelligence, i.e. using machine learning …

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