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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: Amy, In my opinion you have the onus backwards. May I suggest that you contact the biggest and best and explain your center. The only thing you should provide is a facility to allow the corporations to house their demo pieces and the companies would also provide the presenters.

    Do a open invitation to all comers in every educational publication.

    State that presentations will be reviewed by your staff on XX week by appointment. You have provided them with a one stop center for potential sales. Let them woo you. Save your money for associated endeavors.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Sep 27 2013: Yes, I thought of that. I do think this is something they would want to do because it's an open and receptive market. Problem is, I don't necessarily want to make it wide open since some technologies truly don't stand a chance in a classroom. The other fine line relates to authenticity. While bridging the gap between vendors and teachers is important, teachers can smell a sales guy a mile away and they automatically recoil. I need to find a way to expose them to the technology, give practical ways it could be used, and potentially give the developer the feedback he/she would need to make future sales and improvements without giving them direct access to those people. I'm thinking some kind of anonymous data gathering of these events could be a way to address it all.

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