I’ve spent almost a decade working on the tech side of ed tech, and over the years I’ve come to know a dynamic, creative, and passionate community. Back in the day, each camp was in a bit of a transition and seemed to operate independently; techies were too smart to need teacher’s recommendations and teachers were reluctant to let technology change their classroom.
But in recent years attitudes have changed and ed tech is thriving- especially in Pittsburgh! Now, we’re not just focused on working together, but we’re focused on working together to do better work.
Since ed and tech are a little more cozy, it’s easier to learn from each other. People working in both areas are similarly spunky, creative, solution-focused and iterative. But the worlds in which they work encourage the growth of separate skill sets. This is part of the reason Startup Weekend Education is so exciting!
The goal for this post is to suggest ways education and technology can benefit each other. Let’s start with educators, for without them this would not be Startup Weekend Education.
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Educators are used to thinking on their feet, and great at quickly changing strategies when they need to. Their work encourages:
collaboration: sharing strategies at edcamps and formal conferences
improvisation: creativity with whatever resources are available, e.g. twitter chats
community: sharing open education resources
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To make viable goods and services, entrepreneurs focus on:
process: building efficiency by design
selling it: getting credit and promoting their work
planning for scale: developing long-term strategy
These skills are super complimentary and I can’t wait to see them put to work. And these are just my observations- what do you think these communities can learn from one another?