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Amy Peach

Director of Instructional Technology, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO USA


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If you had a technology toy room to play with the most amazing educational technologies available today, what would be in it?

I've been given the remarkable privilege of starting a Center for Educational and Emerging Technology where university faculty and K-12 educators can come together to explore classroom technologies.

It will be a space where everyone can get their hands on the technology and discuss in a very diverse group the potential it has for meaningful change in the classroom. The budget is limited to start off, so what tools have you seen that have the potential for disruption in either higher ed or K-12 classrooms? If it's expensive, what groups do you think would likely fund their purchase for a center like this?


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  • Sep 26 2013: My top of the list for educational technology with be the software that enables each student’s educational needs to be met individually.

    Today’s education system expects the student to fit the system when the system should fit the student. This would involve any mix of subject and at any level at the same time.

    I am a software engineer (C# .net SQL Server) if someone sends me a brief spec I will code and publish to the web version one with open source. This is a project I have wanted to do for the last few years.
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      Sep 27 2013: I completely agree, Fraser! Now, I don't speak software engineer, so I'll have to have some IT folks decipher your offer here :) It really hits on something important that I've noticed. There are so many programmers, developers, and just general IT folks interested in finding an angle to their work that benefits society and provides deep meaning to what they do. There's always been a disconnect between their ideas and the classroom, though, and that's part of what I'd like to fix with a project like this.

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