point solutions in education and an #edtechwishlist

Who solves the challenge of interoperability when educators are given a particular set of tools with which to work?

For example, one teacher imagines:

“a tool that would auto math/convert/input grades from a digital rubric (& docs/forms) into my gradebook”


Later, I learned this refers to PowerSchools + Google Drive.

  • How much incentive does Pearson™ need before investing in a plug-in?
  • Does Google use an algorithm to decide when to marry Drive to an external application?

Do Pearson and Google get this feedback? Do these remarks ever appear on the radar of developers, starter-uppers and investors? Is there a bottom-line where the horizon meets these challenges, or…

Do these hard-won notions get lost in the cloud?

Note: Pearson does mention API tools, and I have worked with G-Drive APIs, myself. (We may not be in the ballpark yet; but, we may have found a playground.)

Also, how and where is such feedback being shared? Please use the hashtag #edtechwishlist if you have a good idea for new applications, extensions, plug-ins or add-ons.

Toggling radar ON.


Looma from VillageTech Solutions

Update: Music videos for primary learners completed, preview here

I have recently learned about a small non-profit that is working to deliver ICT support to rural educators in Nepal.

Nepali educators learning about the Looma.

That’s right, Information & Communication Technology in the villages and classrooms of the Himalayas. VillageTech Solutions have designed Looma, a
standalone audio-visual device that

  • is self-powered (solar-rechargeable batter)
  • is operated with a wireless “wand”
  • has a built-in audio system
  • comes loaded with CC-Licensed content (games, videos, songs, etc.)

The device projects the “desktop” onto a wall and comes with a hand-held mouse (the “wand”) to navigate.

The prototype has been field tested and now they are looking for volunteers to help search for—and evaluate—content that can be loaded into the drive. (Most classrooms in rural Nepal have no electricity, much less an Internet connection.)

I would write a bit more; but, I am up to my elbows producing some educational content…gotta go. Holler at “azwaldo” at gmail dot com, anytime.

web design that pops

If you are even mildly interested in web design, or Internet technology in general, you might open 101 Signals

screenshot of article posted at Wired.com website
“These are the best reporters, writers, and thinkers on the Internet–people who understand what’s happening.”

…click through a category lower down the page…

browse until you find a site like HOVER STATES, then…

…hang on to your seat.