I Have Been Posting About Ed Tech and Not Hearing From You
Here is Kevin Jarrett’s all-too-modest (and flattering) post about the NY Tech Conference we attended on Friday: www.ncs-tech.org/ Book people, think about this — we were at a beautiful conference center, filled with bright people excited about working with students, buzzing with ideas and experiences to share, and I was the single and only author of books for those same students in the hall. We simply have to begin to work together — to bring all you authors, designers, editors into conversations with the teachers, librarians, media specialists who are comfortable with virtual worlds, with social networking, with learning through gaming, with using the digital portfolio as an evaluation tool. The tech people are not alien enemies, they are not anti-book, but there is a vitality, a freshness, a sense of life and possibility in what they are doing. And as we survey a contracting economy, surely diminishing budgetes, slowing book sales, we need to learn from (and work with) those who are exploring new territories.
How about some new Work In Progress — authors, illustrators, editors? And what if we shared some of that book work here with tech types, to see if they have ideas for how what we are doing would translate into their domain?