There are many active contributors to conversations about educational technology, elearning, online learning, whatever learning. Some folks do it while gainfully employed (Stephen Downes, Alec Couros), others have made it part of their consultancy work (Jay Cross, Harold Jarche), and some (edsurge) who are VC funded. There are numerous ways to support these folks in their work, ranging from buying their books, inviting them to present at conferences, and engaging them with consulting work.
I’d like to focus on one individual in particular – Audrey Watters. I’ve frequently listed her work as valuable, even critical, in bridging academic, startups, and corporate activity in learning/education. She is without peer in her insightful coverage of the edtech space. If you need convincing, have a look at her recent series on top trends in edtech 2012. Audrey is a journalist, full time. As a community we need her work and the work of others like her who have made journalism their job.
I encourage readers to support her directly through a donation page. It is important that people like Audrey are rewarded for what they contribute to our field. Plus, ’tis the season for giving! Another less direct option involves inviting folks like Audrey to speak at your conferences (offer an honorarium) so that at least part of their efforts are sustainable economically.
Who else do we need to acknowledge that is advancing edtech journalism? Perhaps we should consider an annual “edtech support” event to demonstrate our appreciation for journalists.