Platform Capitalism in the Classroom

Ben Williamson, Jun 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to this article, 'platform capitalism' is "a business model based on the extraction of value from connecting people into networks and mining their data." So companies like Google and Facebook practice platform capitalism. The author suggests that it has made its way to education as well, citing the example of ClassDojo. These platforms, according to  Tarleton Gillespie, are also “curators of public discourse” because their choices  “affect the design of social media interfaces." Just so, we read, "ClassDojo is acting as a curator of educational discourse and practice, particularly around social and emotional learning. ClassDojo has already distributed the vocabulary of growth mindset, mindfulness, character development and influenced the uptake of social-emotional learning practices among millions of teachers."
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