The Problem

The Action Network supports the use of technology in the classroom as a tool for creativity, communication, and research. We reject the introduction of technology that results in displacing human interaction with screen interaction, usually with no true benefit for students. We believe that edtech should be used very sparingly in elementary school classrooms, if at all, and support a gradual increase in digital devices and computers as children move through middle and high school. We insist that school administrators articulate why children are using screens, and never have children use tablets or computers because it is trendy or fun, or to justify their investments in hardware.

Who we are, what we believe, and what we want to accomplish.
Why we created this Kit and how to use it.
Tech can have a place in education, but sometimes it’s no more than a trendy product eagerly pushed into schools by edtech companies.
Why edtech doesn’t actually improve learning gains and how it can actually be a distraction to students.
Recent studies point to risks associated with increased screen time for young people.
How school-mandated screen time can affect young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
How edtech products collect sensitive student data for commercial purposes and exposes students to data breaches.

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