July 6, 2011
A record of one teacher’s interactions with innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs trying to redefine the potential of public education.
This page contains records of my discussions with innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs as they develop their beta technology. These discussions are inspired by the process outlined in newly released white paper Steering Capital: Optimizing Financial Support for Innovation in Public Education by Kim Smith and Julie Petersen, which charts a path forward for how the public, private and nonprofit sectors can work together to advance education innovation.
To enable faster and continuous learning cycles, the author’s proposed:
“the identification of a diverse set of what we call ‘subsidized beta networks,’ where a group of like-minded practitioners provide extra access to researchers and developers in exchange for early access to new tools and funding subsidies that would make adoption low-cost. These networks of subsidized early-adopter customers would provide small learning spaces to help inform practice, accelerate development and attract investors.”
One of Beta Classroom’s goals is to provide small learning spaces to help innovators develop beta technology for the classroom.