Blogging en español

Yo estaba pensando en blogging en español para aprender más y también para organizar mis pensamientos del software libre, las tecnologías de la información y comunicación en las aulas, la programación, etc hasta ahora.  Bueno, voy a hacerlo porque es bien practica. En realidad, todas mis entradas no serán en español.

Opportunity strikes again

Last week, I spoke to my programming professor about the time I spent in Uruguay and the things I observed. Low and behold, she is absolutely adamant about educational games. Apparently, she’s been working on a paper to present at a conference called eLearning 2013 in February about using games in classrooms. She has asked me to help her with the paper and present it at the conference. I am beyond excited to have this opportunity!

I will definitely post what I write when the time comes.

In other news, watch out for a video of me on here! For my CEO elevator pitch competition I am creating a video to pitch my idea for my application. I have some talented friends helping out, so I am sure it will be great. 

Here is some information about eLearning 2013 which will be hosted by the Instructional Technology Council

Pitching a monitoring and evaluation business for ICT4E projects

It’s been quite a while since I last posted on here. I’ve been doing some travelling and getting my feet back on the ground at my university to finish up my last year of undergrad. 

Now that I’ve geared up for my classes and took some time to organize, I can finally post about what my next big project is! This fall, I plan to participate in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organizations’ Annual Conference, which includes an elevator pitch competition. For the competition, I will be writing a business concept statement and will have one minute and a half to pitch my idea to business professionals acting as judges. 

Of course, I want to pitch a business that integrates technology projects within classrooms, focusing on Latin American projects. There are several reasons why I have chosen to do this. My experience in Uruguay obviously plays a huge factor; but, after endless discussions with people working in this field and from my own findings (or lack thereof), I think this is an absolutely necessary business to start. 

More specifically, I see a real need for monitoring and evaluation services. Not only have a read documents presented by USAID and other like organizations marking the lack of monitoring and evaluation, but I have witnessed it firsthand. It’s not to say that these things do not exist and that people aren’t trying to do there best in this area. However, I am concerned that without centralizing the information on a user friendly platform the knowledge existing may not be maximized.

With the amount of money going into these projects (which is incredible by the way), I think the only way to make them truly sustainable, replicable, and effective is to monitor and evaluate their impact from start to finish. 

As of right now, I am trying to figure out whether or not to make it a non-profit or for-profit. There are a few ways to go about making it a for-profit which I may outline in my next post after I give it more thought. What I need to work out is how I would be able to make it a for-profit while keeping the end product of analysis and recommendations part of an open knowledge database. 

The open knowledge database would serve to provide not only a centralized location for the research and analysis, but also as a resource for those who are wanting to start their own projects or even investors of potential products.

This is what I’ve come up with after my experiences. If anyone has any suggestions, comments or concerns (any feedback really), I would greatly appreciate it! My contact information is on my About Me page.

PS: I’ll be updating my Wikimedia post soon.