Audrey Watters: Ed-tech and Conviviality in an Age of Surveillance @ MAGNET Town Hall, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY

11/13/2014 3:00 pm – 11/13/2014 4:30 pm Ed-tech and Conviviality in an Age of Surveillance Audrey Watters, Hack Education With the increasing pressures to use education technologies to track, assess, monitor, and control students’ performance, can we argue that these tools work in the service of learners? Or is ed-tech merely a tool of administrators? Can we wrest ed-tech back into the hands of learners? What would that look like? Audrey Watters is a writer who focuses on education technology — the relationship between politics, pedagogy, business, culture, and ed-tech. She has worked in the education field for over 15 years: teaching, researching, organizing, and project-managing. Although she was two chapters into her dissertation (on a topic completely unrelated to ed-tech), she decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Audrey has written for The Atlantic, Edutopia, MindShift, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She is the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners. She is also currently working on a book called Teaching Machines, due out in 2015. We invite students from our ECT and MAGNET communities, as well as the larger community at NYU. Light refreshments will be served. Join us! For more information regarding this event, please contact Kamran Khan & sava saheli singh or visit our webiste.