|Crowds drawn to the Google stall for |
Paganel's chromebook presentation
Is it rose-tinted google glasses or is the void between Mac and others a little less? From an elearning developer perspective, it's great to see more compatibility between more devices. I know I'm a little green, but it's strange to me how able some businesses are to manipulate markets, by building in incompatibility to force us to buy more and more of their products. I can see this might please retailers, bigger purchasers and all the others interested in us buying more things, but how is it responding to market needs? The consumer doesn't get what they want, but keeps coming back to buy more. Oh, hold on a bit, is that bad capitalism?
'Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society...Production is carried on for profit, not for use.'Albert Einstein - Albert goes on to say
'Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career'.
He's touching on far broader themes but to go back to when goods no longer meet their purpose - that's the danger at an Ed Tech show. New stuff is great - I love gadgets, but where are the learners?
It is understandable that Ed Tech suppliers and services are keen to appeal to teachers and educators directly, but if your primary purpose was to 'effective education', then you'd want to see the products being used by those learners first - measure the effectiveness with the intended market, unless your interests were slipping towards profit and not use. The presentations in the main Arena and elsewhere were more properly 'evidenced', sometimes directly with the presence of young people, but where were the young people in the audiences, on the stalls, all around?
|Lego with my favourite (and cheapest) gadget - |
a camera on a wire thing (£30)
|Children take questions from the audience|
Paganel Primary School also did two fantastic presentations - one on Paganel Archives led by the children, and one led by Mr Philp on the virtues of chromebooks. Mr. Philp also did something on Raising standards with Technology, but I didn't go to that one. Below, film clips, links, more photos, thanks to Paganel Archives: