Educational technology as a positioning tool in rural Bangladesh

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In this paper, I argue that educational technology can become a symbolic tool for teachers’ social positioning as much as a pedagogical tool for the classroom. Drawing on Holland et al.’s (1998) concepts of cultural artefact, semiotic mediation, and positional identity, I explore the experiences of PowerPoint use of one rural teacher in Bangladesh. Through her story, I shed light on the processes through which PowerPoint was becoming a positioning tool and how, at the same time, a shift in her positional identity was emerging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies for Development
EditorsJulian Bass, P.J. Walls
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-65828-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-65827-4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer Nature


  • Educational technology
  • Positioning
  • Figured worlds


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