How does data-mining affect edtech?


New podcast ep: “How does data-mining affect edtech?”

The 21st Century Classroom podcast by the Tarrant InstituteWho’s looking at your students’ data?

Tarrant Institute professional development coordinator Susan Hennessey joins research fellow Mark Olofson in discussing some of the issues around corporate data-mining and how this potentially affects students and educators’ choices around edtech tools.


Tarrant Institute professional development coordinator Susan Hennessey writes:

After an interesting conversation in the office about Apple vs. Google, I read the article What Do Schools Risk by Going Full Google. And I think it’s important we discuss the ramifications of supporting our schools’ decisions about device adoption.  It strikes me as important as we expand to be well-informed, and share what we know about the business models and data mining of each company.

So she and graduate research fellow Mark Olofson sat down to talk about how educators encounter data-mining in edtech, and what, potentially, are some issues they should be thinking about when they sign their students up for the latest cool new technology tool.

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Please enjoy the latest episode of our podcast, The 21st Century Classroom, “How does data-mining affect edtech?” Background music this week is courtesy GuiltyPixel, and used by us via Creative Commons license.

Audrey Homan

Audrey Homan is a Vermont-based digital media producer, and producer of The 21st Century Classroom podcast. She's worked in non-profit communications for more than a decade, and in her spare time writes tiny video games and mucks about with augmented reality and arduinos, ably assisted by five dogs. Interviewing students and yelling in PHP are the best parts of her job.

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