What does it mean to build tools for “the community”?

This workshop will challenge participants to discuss two issues:

  1. How can we use existing EdTech tools to support the needs of folks outside the “learning community”?  What role does the wider use of these tools outside of formal education? Do we have a responsibility (or maybe the right?) to think bigger?
  2. How would tool development change if we focused more on the needs of currently marginalized folks? How might we need to rethink functionality, esthetics & security needs?

Using several examples including the whenineededHelp.com and Alan’s SPLOT and Mastodon.social this session aims to challenge assumptions about what matters.

Active participation, disagreements and debate will be encouraged.