BALTIMORE — You have to know your problems before you can start solving them. In an era of limited resources and politicized motivations, this is especially true in the realm of contemporary education.
In an effort to bring the community of learners and innovators together to identify what the current problems are, the Digital Harbor Foundation has opened up the #edpain platform. Designed to collect and aggregate the pain points of educators, policy makers, students, and technologists in the education space, #edpain is a unique open resource designed to inspire discussion and debate around solutions technological and otherwise.
In the few weeks since #edpain has been on the map, it’s been mentioned in EdSurge and was featured in TechnicallyBaltimore.
It started with 10 people writing on note cards and taping them to a wall.
About midway through their summer training, the Digital Harbor Foundation’s inaugural class of EdTech fellows thought one piece of their technological education was missing. How could they take everything they’ve learned this summer back to their schools, and not just into their own classrooms?
Taping note cards to a wall was a start. But Don Abrams, the tech director at Digital Harbor Foundation, thought the idea was well suited to a Twitter hashtag: thus, #EdPain was born.
The community of educators and edtech developers online has already been pushing for new iterations — an #edpain platform where users can rate problems, suggest existing solutions, and connect with one another to create new solutions. We’re working on getting that up and running.
In the meantime, what bothers you in education? What gets under your skin? What is your #edpain?