My first cover story in Fast Company is now up. It’s about the incipient mobile revolution in basic education, really, part of the same movement as DIY U. The story follows the Teachermate, a handheld device that is the brainchild of Seth Weinberger in Chicago. Readers of the DIY U excerpt in Scribd (or those at my South by Southwest talk) will recognize the name of Paul Kim, who was most recently on Israel’s West Bank working with Palestinian children.
Being in Mexico with Paul and his team was one of my favorite experiences of the past year. I am so excited to see what happens next with mobile devices in education, and especially the idea of “minimally invasive education” that Paul introduced me to (quoting Sugata Mitra of the “Hole in the Wall” education experiments).
By the way, if you are curious about the beautiful little girls on the cover, go to their mom’s photography site for more!