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as schools become suffused with ed-tech, is the only response to constant surveillance the right to remain silent?

The growing prevalence of ed-tech in schools has prompted concerns over the ability of students (and parents) to develop informed decisions towards how, why, when and who uses school data. As technologies increasingly make record of students’ every word and move, in a post for the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact Blog, I … Continue reading

enforce your terms already!

World Wild Web Some of the content available on the Internet is wild, to say the least. This can be especially worrying to parents: What their children could come across when they use the Internet. Parents with a sound mind wouldn’t take their pre-teens to a strip club nor toddlers to play unattended near a highway. … Continue reading

“yes, but how many of them have it?”

The title of this article is a question that came from a principal of a primary school in Malta whom I met to present my doctoral research findings recently. Her question was as a result of one of the slides in my presentation. The slide contained several quotes of children (no real names have been … Continue reading

make space for making

The novel subjects injected into the primary school curriculum in Malta, along with the core subjects such as maths, English and Maltese remind me of packed stalls at a chintzy flea market. There are literally all kinds of ‘subjects’ being introduced to 7- to 10-year-olds in their schools – seasonally peppered subjects for short bursts … Continue reading