Does No One Else Read YA Dystopian Fiction?

Broadband Matters, an awareness initiative of the Iowa Communications Network, tweeted a link to Connecting the Classroom with the Internet of Things earlier today.

While the tweet mentions a fairly innocuous sounding method of taking attendance (though see RFID chip tracking of students), the smart band described in the article “uses ECG patterns to authenticate identity.” There is also a suggestion that teachers could use EEG technology to measure student brain activity to decide which students need more attention. Or teachers could use technology to “map[] the record of behavioral incidents against a student’s heart rate.” Because apparently adults cannot be expected to effectively teach children without the benefit of monitoring and analyzing their heart rates and brain activity, at least not in the 21st century.


2 thoughts on “Does No One Else Read YA Dystopian Fiction?

  1. Mary Starry

    I read the article you shared and don’t have as many concerns as you. The author does point out the importance of addressing privacy and other issues. For the teacher who really wants to reach every student, technology like this would be of benefit. The key is to include protocols that provide protection for students.

    1. Karen W Post author

      Mary, thanks for commenting.

      We will have to agree to disagree on this one. Remember the old ad campaign “never let them see you sweat”? I think kids are entitled to choose not to share their fear, anxiety, confusion or other emotions if they don’t want to. Privacy concerns should include kids having privacy from the teacher.

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