Helping Students Consider the Impact of Digital Technologies
If educators have an obligation to teach students to think about the impact of digital technologies, how can this best be done? Students will need to be provided with essential facts as well as with general capabilities that enable them to consider the role of a technology/technologies. In order to achieve this, educators must use structured methods and tried-and-tested tools to support students. Asking the right questions will be key: is a specific digital technology the only and best solution to a certain problem? Is the technology transparent? Inclusive? Sustainable? Join Rens van der Vorst to discuss techno-ethics and how students can be taught to make smart decisions about technologies, for instance by using the (free, open) Technology Impact Cycle Tool (TICT).
Rens van der Vorst
Technophilosopher, Author, Researcher, Fontys University of Applied Science, The Netherlands
Rens van der Vorst works as Technophilosopher at Fontys University. He teaches, writes and does research. Does technology make our lives better? And, what is exactly meant by better? Can we combine humor and technology and still communicate this very important message? Rens van der Vorst is program lead of the Technology Impact Cycle Tool, a free online tool that helps people think about the impact of technology (www.tict.io) and runs www.quantifiedstudent.nl. A project to create a RunKeeper App for studying.
He also manages www.technofilosofie.com a leading website on technophilosophy. He is the author of "Waarom je altijd wilt winnen van je navigatiesysteem (2020)" a book with the 100 most important technological questions of today. He also wrote Smartphones are the New Smoking (Appen is het Nieuwe Roken in 2017) and writes columns for online and offline outlets. He gives a lot of talks, mostly as a keynote speaker, on our relation with technology. These talks are funny, confronting and interactive and for everyone. He also gave two TedxTalks on different subjects.
Rens van der Vorst (50) lives in Breda, is married and has two children.