Less is more in technology and in education

The Ecological Cost of Edtech

I came across this post again recently: https://lens.monash.edu/@education/2018/10/25/1363185/edtech-is-killing-us-all. Like issues of privacy and data surveillance, this critique seems all the more striking (while at the same time being all the more intractable) in light of the accelerated adoption of edtech and tech platforms in the past 9 months.

A key quote:

In light of all these costs and consequences, it's difficult to see how education can continue for much longer with its excessive levels of technology consumption and use. In a near-future of rising sea levels, climate mass migration and low-carbon restrictions, much of the current hype that surrounds EdTech is likely to quickly seem inappropriate if not obscene. Demands for ‘one device per student’, unlimited data storage, live streaming and the expectation for everyone to be ‘always-on’ will seem as anachronistic as 20th-century attitudes towards smoking cigarettes and burning fossil fuels

I have my doubts as to whether we will get to widespread questioning of “always-on” computing. One can hope I suppose.

Is there curriculum for this? Do lessons on ecology touch on the ecological cost of technology? Would it make sense to fold in the very technology that students are using to complete their assignments and work remotely? Is there a way to make visible the ecological footprint of a tool as it is being used? Or is it all just invisible?