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Rethinking the Context of Edtech

Sociologists specialize in context. We like to describe things, and sometimes we like to predict things. We’ve done both in the area of education technology (“edtech”). The British sociologist Neil Selwyn first proposed the idea of a sociology of education and technology, and he has been focusing on this issue for at least twenty years.1 Yet in a more recent book chapter, Selwyn and his colleagues noted that most of the research and writing on education technology is somewhat limited in its scope and in its ambition.2