The other day, I made the mistake, or perhaps had the good fortune, of telling someone I met that I help my company design products for educators by collaborating with teachers and students in classrooms. This guy fired back, “How could you possibly develop complex devices by working with educators and kids who know nothing about designing technology products?”
Teachers on the front lines in the classrooms know that a life working to shepherd and inspire diverse groups of young people is a daily drama with high stakes.
The crazy weather in Austin, Texas in late January and early February — which went from ice storms to 70 degrees in a short time period — reminded me of working in the world of education: stormy and lots of change, but followed by sunny optimism.
Having recently attended the latest FETC, I’ve renamed the 2014 version Fantastic Excitement, Teacher Commitment. The reasons are simple, and simply wonderful. This was my eighth time at FETC. And this was the most exciting show with the most enthusiastic people I’ve met there in years.
One of the great things about working for a company that sells products in foreign countries is you sometimes get to see first-hand how other cultures’ educators are innovating in classrooms. That was my experience a couple of weeks ago when I went to London to meet with some of our foreign distributors at the Bett 2014 educational tradeshow.
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