Are you currently working or running a business in the ed-tech space? Then you might find my 33-slide presentation "Unlocking Innovation in Education through Meaningful Technology (A General Model for Ed-Tech)" interesting. Here is the summary:
"Innovation in education is hard. It is hard because the what must stay relevant in an ever-changing world. It is hard because the how and the when directly affect the value of the what. And it is hard because education instances range widely from informal day-to-day interactions with the environment to complex activities, conventionally associated with what we call 'formal education.'
Based on the understanding that the underlying technology is a key, inseparable component of the education process, the following presentation introduces a new worldview (an explanatory model) that helps those involved in education and educational technology get a clearer, more comprehensive view of how things work and what is ultimately meaningful and valuable.
The presentation is structured in four sections. It begins with the identification of the major challenges and trends in the education space. The second section is dedicated to illustrating the rationale behind the model. The third section reveals some of the major insights that emerge from the new worldview. And, finally, the presentation ends with a few thoughts for the ed-tech provider."
And here is the presentation:
A PDF version will also be available for download soon.
UPDATE 8/22/2012: The PDF is now available here.
[Tip: If you have an iPhone or an iPad, email the PDF file to yourself, as an attachment. Then open it with iBooks, where it will be saved so you can read it anytime -- a much nicer reading experience.]