Regular readers know that I often rant about our rather retrogressive consumer horticulture education. It is becoming apparent that even though our institutions may not change any time soon, there are new technology solutions becoming available. This ShowMe app is one of them that I look forward to using.
It is becoming apparent that the classroom of the future is wherever you are. It is the screen you are viewing be it a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It feels like the dawn of a new era in education, an era not tied to a campus and classrooms.
Using an iPad I have started on the road to what I think of as “crowd sourced” education. My first baby step has been to create a series of Keynote photo set presentations (Apple version of PowerPoint). I have a massive database of photos that will soon be put to better use. These will be coupled with YouTube and Vimeo videos. The videos will be by others until I can upgrade my skill set and produce my own educational videos.
The next step with the Keynote presentations is to add text information and upload them to iCloud and Google Cloud so that they can be viewed by anyone, anywhere in the world with online access. The objective of these initial presentations is to inform people about the widespread use of modern growing methods by showing a wide variety of actual installations. This is a necessary informative and promotional step
In my view, the plants will speak for themselves regarding their quality and health. Many do not know what healthy plants look like. This has become apparent by first hand experience looking at many urban agriculture projects and gardens here in New York City. The first essential step in improved education is to publicize what healthy plants look like.
The next level of education is to develop instructional videos and Keynote presentations. This is a big job and beyond my capability to accomplish alone. The challenge is to organize an online faculty of qualified people who are motivated to become a new wave of consumer horticulture educators. Stay tuned.