So now we have arrived at the weekend before Inauguration Day.
And on Tuesday night, the 20th, this reporter will be attending the black-tie “Bytes and Books Inaugural Ball,” which is sponsored by a coalition of companies and education groups promoting education technology and, especially, federal funding of same.
Several ed-tech friendly members of Congress are expected to attend. And four individuals will be honored for their contributions: U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy; Filmmaker George Lucas, who started the George Lucas Educational Foundation; Barbara Stein, the longtime ed-tech policy expert at the National Education Association; and Bill Thomas, the director for educational technology at the Southern Regional Education Board.
I’ll blog about the event Wednesday morning. We shall see how high the attendees are kicking their heels, now that the extraordinary funding levels for ed-tech in the congressional economic stimulus proposals have become known.
If there is a question you think should be posed to some of the ballgoers, please jot it down as a comment, and I’ll note it down as I squeeze into my tux.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.