This week DocuWrx had the pleasure of attending an educational workshop for the Florida Digital Classroom Initiative Workshop through our involvement with the Tampa Bay Tech Forum. The workshop was highly informative and served the purpose of uniting the technology community with those actively involved in improving education throughout the state. All with the intention of improving the educational experience as well as the resources available to students.
Eric Miller (DocuWrx CEO) and I were able to mingle with other professionals and grasp a variety of unique perspectives on the issue. The table which we were seated had been composed of a Life Coach, Lobbyist, and Strategic Relations Manager. The diverse mix of 350+ participants confirmed at the workshop provided for great insight and intriguing conversation about the topics at hand.
The workshop was segmented into five critical discussions, each having a moderator and multiple discussion panelists who possess extensive knowledge and experience in education or technology. The panels were formatted to allow for a discussion amongst the moderator and panelists, followed by an open question and answer session composed of audience participation and twitter responses from the audience or any viewers of the live internet stream of the workshop.
Some conclusions that we have gathered from this experience include that the initiative seems somewhat fragmented by the conflicting parties internal motives. Due to several regulatory requirements, our research has lead us to believe it is highly difficult for small development firms to become involved in development of the desired solutions. Multiple keynote speakers expressed previous success and future plans to reach out to large development firms in hopes that they may provide free development of educational applications specifically tailored to critical school topics such as Algebra, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Biology. The combination of steep regulatory requirements and the threat of large market, low/cost free competition, leaves little to be desired for small development firms interested in getting involved.
After concluding our experience at the workshop, it is exciting to anticipate the impending changes that will be made within classrooms throughout the state. There are many obvious advantages to utilizing technology as a medium of education, including increased participation and the ability to retain knowledge more efficiently. This was a wonderful experience for my first professional workshop and I look forward to many more opportunities to see how DocuWrx can help benefit our community.