Digital labour in school : Smartphones and their consequences in classrooms

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Paakkari , A , Rautio , P & Valasmo , V 2019 , ' Digital labour in school : Smartphones and their consequences in classrooms ' , Learning, Culture and Social Interaction , vol. 21 , pp. 161-169 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lcsi.2019.03.004

Title: Digital labour in school : Smartphones and their consequences in classrooms
Author: Paakkari, Antti; Rautio, Pauliina; Valasmo, Verneri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in School, Education, Society, and Culture
University of Helsinki, University of Oulu
University of Helsinki, Åbo Akademi University
Date: 2019-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction
ISSN: 2210-6561
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301209
Abstract: This paper reflects on the forms of digital labour present in upper secondary school students’ smartphone use during the school day. Digital labour is understood as value-producing online activity, for example the labour of producing content for social media platforms such as Instagram or Facebook. Through analysis of students’ phone use in classroom we approach aspects of digital labour intertwining with school. In the paper, theoretical perspectives on digital labour are connected with ethnographic data on student phone use. Our findings suggest that digital labour has become a permanent part of school life. Two main consequences are identified. Firstly, for the students the school is no longer a place where work doesn’t take place, as digital labour intertwines with the school day. Secondly, technologies introduce new corporate actors into the classroom space that schools have to negotiate with.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Mobile phones
Digital labour
Classroom
Capitalism
AUDIENCE LABOR
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