October 8, 2018

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Anthropologist Mimi Ito: Good Intentions Don’t Always Mean Equitable Outcomes in Edtech

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Podcast for Edsurge On Air with Tina Nazerian:

Imagine you’re an elementary school student. Your teacher has told your class to watch several streaming videos for a class project. You might want to watch some of the videos at home, but your family doesn’t have high-speed internet.

That’s just one way technology in education can fail to serve some students. Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito studies how young people use technology. Ito, who is the director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, says the problem is not necessarily that teachers or the people making edtech tools have bad intentions. She argues that understanding another person’s situation is tough if you don’t share that experience.

EdSurge recently sat down with Ito at the Intentional Play Summit to get her thoughts on equity in edtech, creativity and how kids’ relationships with technology have changed over the years.

Posted by Mizuko Ito at October 8, 2018 12:42 PM

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