I love hardware as much as the next geek, but solving our ed tech problems will require one heck of an ecosystem; hardware is a tiny piece of the puzzle.
News and analysis on IT and computing in the education sector.
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.
Hardware is only a tiny part of the problem we need to solve to get educational resources into kids' hands (both literally and figuratively) at scale.
The eTextbook industry got a big publicity and market education boost last week with Apple's announcements. What it didn't get was the market revolution it could have.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to use Moodle for everything. It's very possible to build entire sites with a huge community interaction component without much coding.
Why does this make me think of my oldest son? He's an English major, of course!
No, really, I'll be actually keeping these resolutions.
Here's hoping I'm more accurate than I was last year.
If you had asked me in 2010, these technologies would have been a much bigger deal than they were.
Should schools be providing necessary tech tools to students or do students need a greater sense of ownership?
Or, for that matter, the standalone LMS? Or LIMS? Or any other MS?
Adobe does it again, this time with a cool set of tools that begs for students to be creative (and learn a thing or two about pro design on the way).
An email interview with Andrew Rosen, following up on my review of his book, Change.edu.
Change.edu: Rebooting for the new talent economy is one of the best books I've read on the changing face of education (and the unfortunate turns that our higher education system continues to take).
Schools are the least paperless of any institution and yet they have fewer excuses than any other.
We're so close I can taste it. But the business models and content just aren't there yet.