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Did Google take over the classroom? It certainly now looks like Workspace and Classroom are infrastructures underpinning education. So here's a bit of a reading list on Google in education:

Ben Williamson

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"We have put ourselves in a situation where we actually pretty much rely on Chromebooks." Good story on how Google became infrastructural to schooling, and the huge problems of now decoupling them. wired.com/story/denmark-…

An 8-year-old’s YouTube snafu—and one unlikely parent activist—sparked a nationwide debate on the tech giant’s ubiquity and handling of children’s data.

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A Danish City Built Google Into Its Schools—Then Banned It

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"To uncritically embrace Google as the information infrastructure of education is to hand over power to one actor, which closes doors to alternative paths of doing and knowing in education." journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…

"Google extracts personal data from students, skirts laws intended to protect them, targets them for profits, obfuscates the company's intent in their Terms of Service, recommends harmful information, and distorts students’ knowledge." link.springer.com/article/10.100…

"Google can disguise the presence of a business model for online marketing and, at the same time, simulate the practices and ethics of a free public service institution." journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…

Google Classroom epitomizes a form of "platformized education" that is "rapidly proliferating across education systems, bringing logics of datafication, automation, surveillance, and interoperability into digitally mediated pedagogies." tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…

Digital platforms have become central to interaction and participation in contemporary societies. New forms of ‘platformized education’ are rapidly proliferating across education systems, bringing ...

tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…

Automation, APIs and the distributed labour of platform pedagogies in Google Classroom

Digital platforms have become central to interaction and participation in contemporary societies. New forms of ‘platformized education’ are rapidly proliferating across education systems, bringing ...

How has Google penetrated education in different contexts? This online conference panel on Googlization of education in US, Europe and Australia gets at some comparative issues - but we need Global South insights too. media.ed.ac.uk/playlist/dedic…

"Google’s announcement of new AI functionalities reveals its continued plans for expansion across the education sector, and beyond, and its technical and economic power to reshape learning through automation." codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/2022/03/17/goo…

If anyone else has other Google education papers, blogs, recordings, etc, please share!

Ben Williamson

@BenPatrickWill

Digital tech & education | Projects on sociodigital learning futures & data-driven biology in education | Edinburgh Uni | Co-editor Learning, Media & Technology

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