A friend here in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex passed on this story about a new business opening up in Dallas that seems to be pushing on the cell-phone-as-educational-agent paradigm. Prasolus is gearing up to put:
....education materials such as worksheets and reading assignments on a Web-based tool, such as a PDA or laptop computer, that students can use both at home and in the classroom. Each school district will determine which method will be used to deploy the Internet-based technology.
Very intriguing. Curious why Dallas is the place. Did you know that Linden Labs (Second Life) and a fast-growing segment of the video gaming industry is based there as well? Mmmm. Wonder if other edu-tech companies will gather forces as well in the years to come.
Could the Big-D become the Big-Ed?
My only critique if Prasolus is listening lies in why they tout the future of learning (quote from their site: "Prasolus uses the cohesive and magnifying benefits of digital technology to release teachers and students to achieve the goal of education...developing minds that positively impact the future" -- I like this, by the way!) but use the classic icons of blocks and a one-room schoolhouse to drive home the visual point. Hopefully the 2.0 version of their site will reflect a more apt visual description of the future of learning. To prevent a potential irony, at least!
Amazing how pervasive the 'ancient' icons of 'school' and 'education' are. Apples. Blackboards. Rows of Desks. Even the future of learning seems to want a pail to carry your lunch to school in.