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Resources for looking at Technology through the lens of Critical Pedagogy

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Web Sources and Links

Center for Digital Democracy

Adbusters Action Center Adbusters Homepage

True Cost Economics

Buy Nothing Christmas Campaign!

Examples and Critical Pedagogy in Action With Technology and Media

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EditJam at Teachers College Watch a Video about EditJam

AfterEd TV from the Teachers College EdLab

  • TESOL on SKYPE AfterEd TV One example of using Web 2.0 technologies to enhance pedagogy
  • Blackboard of Truth series on AfterEd Watch

"TECHBRARIAN"A project from the Island School, ps188 in Manhattan and Technology Coordinator, Lou Lahana

RDIC Cambodia approaches education with different types of media and technology. From Karaoke vans to puppet shows and radio spots, education based on results and feedback from communities it is meant to serve.


Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis - C. A. Bowers, Frédérique Apffel-Marglin Rethinking Freire on Google Books

The False Promises of Constructivist Theories of Learning: A Global And Ecological Critique - C.A. Bowers On Amazon Introduction

We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People- Dan Gilmore We the Media on Google books

The Problem of the Media - Robert McChesney Abstract U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 1583671056

The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom- Yochai Benkler Online Book via Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Sharealike

The New Media Monopoly - Ben H. Bagdikan The New Media Monopoly on Google Books

Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide - Henry Jenkins Convergence Culture on Google Books

Education for Social Change Podcasts

Education for Social Change Podcasts: Conversations on Technology series This is a series hosted on Teachers College's 'Pocket Knowledge'

Volume 1, Prof. Howie Budin, Teachers College Conversation on technology and democracy with Howard Budin, professor and director of the Center for Technology and School Change. Includes: recommended readings on Web 2.0 New Media, Dewey, Democracy and web-publishing

Volume 2, Mickey Sampson, RDIC A conversation with Mickey Sampson, a chemistry professor who moved to Cambodia to work on solutions to water table problems and found that educating villages about water, health and morality/ethics was a key entry point to addressing larger problems. Includes: using 'mobile-Karaoke-vans', TV and Radio spots and puppets as medium for education. Also includes some conversation on the topic of One Laptop Per Child in Cambodia.

Volume 3, Lou Lahana, Techbrarian A Podcast with Lou Lahana, the Library/Technology Coordinator at the Island School located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Lou and I talk about his project, "Techbrarian", ways to act for social change by utilizing Web 2.0 tools, and the learning curve with teaching web-publishing and blogging with middle school students. Includes: blogging, middle school web-publishing, looking at extended units in blogging and social action

Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education Podcasts

Pedagogy Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education Podcasts: This is a collection of critical dialogues beween academics on different aspects critical pedagogy which was developed by Dr Gurnam Singh from Coventry University (, UK with the support of a grant from the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics based at Birmingham University, UK.

Dr Steve Wright on Autonomist Marxism, Social Movements and Popular Education
In this podcast Dr Steve Cowden interviews Dr Steve Wright, the Australian Marxist academic about his work on Italian workerist theory and the social movements. Fitting into the broader tradition of ‘Autonomist Marxism’ associated with the work of writers such as Antonio Negri, Sergio Bologna and Mario Tronti, Steve discusses the relationship between the Italian Social Centre movement and the traditions associated with critical pedagogy and popular education emerging from South America.

Dr Joyce Canaan on the Neoliberal University, Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education - Part 1
In conversation with Dr Gurnam Singh, in this first of two podcasts, Dr Joyce Canaan, Reader in Sociology at Birmingham City University and Co-ordinator for Sociology at the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (CSAP) at Birmingham University in the UK, offers a compelling analysis of the impact of neoliberalism on university life. This is prefaced with personal reflections on her own intellectual and professional journey and how she became committed to critical pedagogy and popular education.

Dr Joyce Cannan on the Neoliberal University, Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education - Part 2
In this second in a series of two interviews, following on from her critique of the ‘neoliberal university’, Dr Joyce Canaan outlines some of the political and pedagogical strategies she has developed within her work as a academic activist. Moreover, as a founding member of the Critical Pedagogy and Popular Education Network based at CSAP, Joyce discusses some of the various activities she has supported and participated in; most notably, the links she has developed with Venezuelan popular educators. Last, in reflecting on her own teaching practices, Joyce ends by offering a series of suggestions as to how university academics can inculcate the principles and methods associated with critical pedagogy and popular education into their own teaching practices.

Dr Philip Chambers on Critical Reflection and Critical Pedagogy.
In this podcast Dr Phil Chambers, in conversation with Dr Graham Steventon, explores the importance of reflection in enabling critical thinking. In particular the discussion identifies the relationship between some of the principles of critical pedagogy and critical reflection, of the importance of locating self in the learning process, of voice, dialogue, respect and creativity.

Dr Michael Wlliams on Indigenous Pedagogy
In this podcast Michael Williams offers a unique insight into the ideas associated with indigenous pedagogy. Dr Williams is the director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland. The units objective is to become a centre of excellence and expert opinion on teaching, research and consultation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to maintain a committed system of personal and academic support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at the University of Queensland. Michael discusses some the pedagogical strategies that he has developed to address the silencing that takes plase in traditional teaching and learning.

Dr Jim Crowther on Popular Education and Higher Education
In this podcast, Jim Crowther, Senior Lecturer in Education at Edinburgh University explores the ideas associated with popular education and their relevance to higher education. Through reflecting on his working class roots and educational journey, as an adult learner, Jim offers a unique insight the ways in which the underpinning ideologies and practices associated with critical pedagogy and popular education can be deployed by academics in their role as teachers and researchers. Further Jim talks about how how he has harnessed new information technologies to nurture and support environmentalist social movements in Scotland.

Sarah Amsler on Critical Pedagogy, Critical Theory and Critical Hope
In this podcast, in conversation with Gurnam Singh, Sarah Amsler, Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University shares some of her own praxis in the area critical pedagogy. In particulalr, she discusses the relationship between critical pedagogy, critical theory and the sociology of ‘hope’. In doing so she talks about how critical pedagogy come to life in her roles as a teacher/researcher/activist/citizen.

Mogs Russell on the Workers Education Assciation (WEA) and Popular or Informal Education 
This podcast contains a conversation between Mogs Russell who works for the Workers Education Association in Birmingham, UK and Gurnam Singh from Coventry University. The discussion explores the history, politics, practices and ideas associated with the Workers Education Association in particular, and popular and informal education more generally.

Stephen Cowden on Critical Pedagogy
In this podcast Dr Stephen Cowden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University discusses the idea of critical pedagogy. He explores the relationship between critical pedagogy, emancipation and Marxian thought. Specifically, he highlights the contributions made by the Brazilian radical educationalist, Paulo Freire and the French sociologist and public intellectual Pierre Bourdieu to his own understanding and application of critical pedagogy.

Annie Pullen on Socratic Dialogue and its application to social work education
In this podcast Dr Annie Pullen, Course Director for the BA Social Work course at Coventry University, shares some of the ways she has sought to apply Socratic Dialogue to teaching a 1st year module on the ‘principles of social work’. She argues that the best way to develop ethical practice is to engage students in a process of practical reasoning and building character and virtue.

Findings from Education for Social Change: Technology Focus Group

Future TV, Lebanon

International Journal of Education and Development The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) is an e-journal that provides free and open access to all of its content.

IJEDICT aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed countries.

UNESCO report on distance education This is a UNESCO report highlighting various distance education projects in the nine high-population countries. I learned a lot about BRAC's use of technology as well as Telesecundaria and Telecurso from this report

Freire and ICT

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