ISVs Can Meet 21st Century Learning Environments


Independent software developers (ISVs) and educators use different vocabulary to describe and explain their interest in helping students increase learning rates. ISVs need school people willing to consider their products. School people need ISVs to create products that promptly and directly increase student learning rates.

eSchool News Online offers a collection of articles for teachers that summarizes some ways advanced technologies address student learning.

ISVs writing for students and schools will find these articles worth reviewing, at least as background to vocabulary teachers use.

Just skip over the hyperbole and educationisms, such as 21st century learning environments, learning styles, project-based learning, teachable moments, transformational schools, stakeholders, … you get the idea.

Just identify key ideas of what a teacher or student needs that your products may address and that will increase student learning rates.

Then, when your product is ready and you want to talk with an educator about reviewing it, you’ll already know some teacher-vocabulary when you hear it.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.