The Politics of Ed- Tech

 

This article is based on Education being political. Government role is not the only reason for Education to be political. According to the article, Audrey Watters states,”it is political because of the Polis– the connections between education and community. Education is political because learning is at once personal (and, of course, “The personal is political”) and social; is it both private and public.” If education can be political so can Ed-Tech.When people think about Ed-Tech- a lots of other words to comes to mind. Such as, Technology, education, Politics, Communication, Learning, connection and a lot more.Ed-Tech has all sorts of meanings to it.

 

 “Ed-tech” is often used too as a shorthand for brands: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pearson, Intel, HP SMART, LEGO, Discovery.”

 

I Believe this trend was chosen to allow us to be able to understand what exactly is the Politics of Ed-Tech and how it has our lives involved into it.  We can for sure say, 2012 was the year of technology. The influence of technology in our life has been increasing dramatically.  The article mentions about the business of ed-tech and its top ed-tech trends- Ipads, Khan academy, online learning, social media and much more. All of these top notable ed-tech has a connection to learning through technology. Technology has changed the way of teaching and learning. Through the usage so much technology, it is starting a business of its own. Now there is a business of education through technology.Its a win win situation on both side. A child gets his/her education and the business company makes money off of their tech.

— we witnessed in 2012 the (education) technology sector discovering, seizing, wielding its power and influence.

 

 The companies listed on the image above contains all sorts of different age and social related learning corporations. They all deliberate to meet the expectation of parents and teachers.Many of us are probably familiar with quite a few of them.

 

An example of political influence on education is that the government wants more educated people in fields like the army and air force. The video gives a small introduction to a program called the key influencer program, which gets people excited for fields like army and air force. The program trains individuals so that they can be interested in such fields. Overall goal for such programs are, as Dr. Filippenko stated at the end of the video “we need to keep the US strong in science, technology, innovations, leadership, team work, creativity and individual pursuit of this high ideals”.