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Nov 22 / Camille Maydonik

Technology & Ecology

This week in ETEC 511, we discussed the Ecology of Educational Technology.  The discourse leadership group that presented asked us to upload a picture into the course shell that evoked our feeling of how technology is affecting or will affect the environment.  At the end of the week, the group created two collages containing the submitted images.  (see above)

This activity got me thinking about where waste generated from technology ends up.  CBC’s “The National” has explored this issue with a story called E-waste Dumping Ground.  This story uncovers a dangerous underground electronics recycling industry that employs China’s vulnerable migrant workers. The scary part is that Canadians export the raw materials to them, some unknowingly, as they think that they are taking the right action by recycling their electronics.

Have a watch and let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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