Musings from the Middle Kingdom
Often companies have their development roadmaps which are decided by developers rather than educators. Existing technology constraints and workflows guide these. A project manager or equivalent will determine what direction to go based on market penetration or even basic economics.
We need to cast the net wider, interact with industry, attend and present at their conferences to highlight issues and get them to innovate in a direction that benefits education rather than the bottom line. A lot of the tech industry events are often under represented by educators. Events like BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) show are rare in the international sector and often these are one-off events with very little follow up.
Establishing working relationships with the industry is crucial - one that goes beyond badges and the obligatory petition for the next feature set. A select few of us get actively involved in continuous working relationships with companies which involves consulting, beta testing, and piloting. This is the type of net that needs to be cast wider to ensure that we end up with an agile industry that responds to educators’ needs and, in turn, those of the learners.
Where do you start? Simple, shoot an email off to a vendor that you use and take it from there.
I am Sunny Thakral. If you are here on the site then you know a bit about me. If not then I am a teacher and these are my musings.