Datapulted

Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership

Technologies are what we make of them.

A recent blog post by George Couros asks whether the use of Twitter will really improve education. I’ve been studying this issue when it comes to school administrators using Twitter, and that’s literally one of my interview questions.

His conclusions are insightful. We tend to assume that technologies are the “agents of change,” when technologies are really what people make out of them.

Preliminary findings from my study can be found at my UCEA conference paper here. One of the issues I’ll be pursuing as analysis progresses is whether the public nature of Twitter limits how some people choose to share or communicate, such as by making some topics “safer” than others. In terms of theory, the overall contributions of this study will relate to how people make sense of technology, and how the perceived “limits” around a technology help to drive some of the creative forces around their use. This means exploring concepts such as materiality, sociomateriality, and structure. This stuff is in the conference paper, but I hope to have a smarter journal article out about these things soon.

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