I was conducting a mini-ethnography of a Twitter teaching community for Education and Digital Culture and decided to add to my study the data aspect of the teaching discussed by this community. The group are called #hybridlearning and consist largely of US based K12 teachers engaged in hybrid learning (in this interpretation teaching online and F2F simulataneously). I noticed a very significant uptake and profiling of edtech solutions to very difficult task of teaching in two modes art once. Very few tweets discussed operational solutions such as the use of learning stations to segragate activity. There was, instead, an earnest reaching for simple solutions based on technology.
I divided the tweets into posts about the learning analytic dashboards (described by Brown 2020), edtech evangelised by individuals and sponsored edtech promotions. I also spotted a lone AI post purporting to assist in the remote learning environment. I chose to hand draw (albeit on software) a dandelion where my colour key was reflected in the seeds of the flower, emulating a natural pie chart. I also drew another image in soft pastels.
The data show the #hybridlearning hashtag has clearly triggered a number of edtech sales algorithms. Many solutions proudly promote datafication (Williamson et. al. 2020), although dashboards (Brown 2020) are fairly low profile whereas one-stop shops or even online schools are quite prominent (van Dijck et. al.2018). The level of broadcasting by edtech promotors really drowned out the community voice as can be seen by the amount of red on the dandelion pie chart.