The Tortoise Picks Up Speed

Here’s a short piece (Former Govs. Prod States on Digital Education )that seems to suggest that the tortise in the digital education race– the public educatin system– may be slowly catching up to the hare– the for profit sector. It seems to have a focus on K-12 but there’s no reason it can’t exapnd its reach. Slowly but surely the public sector is going to wake up…

What’s impressisve about the Digital Learning Council is that it iincludes people from both Apple and Microsoft, as well as administative types. Power and money, any way you look at it. Now if they would only realize that they can use this technology to make a college degree cheaply available to working class and poor kids. Then the race really would be on…

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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