Pupils in the clouds: Implementation of Google Apps for Education
2016 (English)In: First Monday, ISSN 1396-0466, E-ISSN 1396-0466, Vol. 21, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study focuses on the implications of affordances identified in Google Apps for Education (GAFE), by strategic staff within a Swedish school organisation, with responsibility for schools in around 30 municipalities. A complex picture emerged, where GAFE was perceived both as a neutral, well-functioning tool and as a means of educating in partly new ways. Furthermore, the study shows that GAFE, despite its characteristic of being a non-generative appliance, still can be used in creative ways. The implementation of cloud technology, such as GAFE, endorses a tunnel-vision affordance that downgrades more nuanced perceptions of the different technological, economical, and ethical aspects of the technology. Studying GAFE, different tensions of power emerge: Google vs. the school, IT professionals vs. teachers, management vs. teachers, teachers vs. pupils, Google vs. pupils.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 21, no 4
Google Apps for Education, affordance, tunnel-vision affordance, cloud computing, tethered appliances
Research subject Bussiness and IT; Library and Information Science; Teacher Education and Education Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-10711DOI: 10.5210/fm.v21i4.6185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-10711DiVA: diva2:971561