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Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
Is this a major play for market share, a genuine effort to promote development and cross-pollination in the LMS market, or a bit of both?
Always a good talk when I chat with Dell's Adam Garry.
I tried...I really tried...but I just had to at least say a few words about my latest acquisition and the implications for ed tech.
Jason Perlow joined Kay Alexander and me on last week's review:ed episode to talk about the iPad (and other tablets) in education.
Luidia, maker of the very cool eBeam interactive whiteboard tool, just released market data that lets us draw some interesting conclusions.
Educators! You now have until April 21st to submit contributions to the Classroom 2.0 book!
If one thing could justify the purchase of a new iPad (at least the $399 iPad 2) for students, it may very well be the Khan Academy app.
I love gear, gadgets, and hardware. Who doesn't? But teachers, students, parents, and administrators need to embrace a learning platform first.
Yes, there are other things happening in ed tech besides new shiny things from Cupertino.
Dell's next-gen learning platform marks a very important tipping point for ed tech, where hardware follows tech-enabled pedagogy and best practices, rather than the other way around.
Anyone have a cool million or two to invest? No? Oh well...then someone should steal my ideas.
Since I didn't have enough on my plate , I agreed to edit the Classroom 2.0 Book with Steve Hargadon (the Classroom 2.
Last week, I raved about Goalbook - It's one of the cooler bits of social tech I've seen, speaking as a parent, an educator, and tech guy. During last week's review:ed episode, Kirsten Winkler and I had the chance to talk with Wayee Chu and Jennifer Carolan who head up the NewSchools Venture Seed Fund, which provides startup funding for Goalbook, among other interesting ed tech startups, and I gave a followup review of Goalbook.
Goalbook could revolutionize how we approach differentiated instruction and outcome-based education.