Cranky person, Gary Stager, criticizes ISTE for not doing more to promote the OLPC project:
Since ISTE seeks to be the premiere educational technology advocacy group in the world, it seems curious they have done nothing whatsoerver to promote the efforts of One Laptop Per Child or the Give One, Get One promotion ending at the end of the year.
Why not take a minute to contact some of the folks listed here on the ISTE web site or its Board of Directors and ask them why the International Society for Technology in Education is silent on connecting the world's poorest children to the 21st Century?
My response left on Gary's blog:
I can't let this one slip by unchallenged.
While I am no longer an ISTE board member, I do know that during my tenure on the board, our organization invited Nicholas Negroponte to be a Keynote at NECC – one of the most visible live speaking opportunities there is in the global ed tech community – to talk about the OLPC initiative. NECC has also had full labs of the OLPC computers available for people to use in workshop settings. ISTE has actually done a tremendous amount through NECC to support this initiative.
May I ask you in return what you have done to work with ISTE on getting the word out? Or is your only role criticizing the work of others?
Somehow I don't think the world will be made a better place by writing snarky blog posts - no matter how many XOs are floating around.
Oh, I will agree with Gary about one thing. Please DO contact your ISTE board members and executive officers if there is an issue that concerns you. I've always been proud that ISTE is an organization that listens and responds to its members.
Cranky person Doug's XO that he got last year as a part of the Give One, Get One Program