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https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frebecca.solnit%2Fposts%2F10155519379610552&width=500 ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia’ One conflicting, nagging thought is that as a Computer Technology Essentials teacher this year I’m doing actual harm. This current notion about how coding saving students from poverty, and the egalitarianism in technology makes us all equals. Tech companies can exploit such vulnerabilities to keep people hooked; manipulating, for example, when people receive “likes” for their posts, ensuring they arrive when an individual is likely to feel vulnerable, or in need of approval, or maybe just bored. And the very same techniques can be sold to…

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//giphy.com/embed/3o7TKDNV8ZqWei6iFq via GIPHY Without going into the long backstory, recently someone told me students in my class were confused and whispering to each other, seeking clarity. They said this like it was a bad thing.  Oh, silly teacher…! Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s an awesome thing. A tremendous thing…dare I say….maybe one of the best things a student can experience!? Confusion is metacognition as an expression: it means that the student or students are engaged, tracking, and wham! knows they’re lost–and when you know you’re lost you can try to find your way back. The point in question was during…