AAC, AT, Families, Inclusion, Literacy, UDL

One to One Thousand Proof of Concept

by Samuel Sennott

The Tar Heel Reader just reached the one thousand books mark this past week.  This is so exciting for students and teachers alike.  So much thanks for the work of the UNC Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and for the Computer Science work of Gary Bishop and now his class.  I think that the Tar Heel Reader offers some initial proof of concept that we can create solutions to questions and challenges that we have by working together.  In this case, everyone submitting a book or two truly makes a difference.  See how it becomes even more powerful when you get a teaming of literacy specialists with computer scientists.  The internet and low cost computing really does offer an unprecedented platform for collaboration.  I look forward to seeing this idea grow and blosom.  Also, it is exciting to consider the next steps and the refining of initial goals.

October 5, 2008 - Posted by | Special Education | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. One to One Thousand and Tar Heel Reader’s success is an example of “Crowdsourcing”.
    Traditional production has producers and consumers. When consumers ARE the producers, there are many benefits: the product is more likely to be relevant to the consumer’s needs, you gain from others’ work (with the only expense being sharing work the that you have already done), and best of all, your work becomes a social experience rather than an individual chore.

    Not many companies have leveraged this idea into a profitable business. Threadless and YouTube are couple. Most companies aren’t willing to let their fortunes be controlled by outsiders.

    But for non-profits like Wikipedia and TarHeelReader, crowdsourcing is all upside.

    Comment by adambowker | October 5, 2008 | Reply

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