When I was at TechWeek, a start-up/entrepreneurial conference here in Chicago, I met a couple of representatives from Encyclopedia Britannica. We chatted about my company and what we could do if we worked together. This led to a meeting in their office in the city this morning.
I gave them a demonstration of various Interactive Fiction examples and we talked about how we could develop classroom oriented applications using their content and the IF medium. They were very excited about the prospect and we’re moving forward with a plan to develop a prototype. They’re offering access to all of their content and when the prototype is ready, they will do the leg work of putting in front of administrators, teachers, and students and gathering feedback. If the prototype looks marketable, they will take over the entire marketing and sales process.
Textfyre has moved away from a strictly education-oriented model, but this is likely to branch some of my efforts, which is a good thing.
I still need to get in touch with my contact at the Chicago Public Schools, so stay tuned for more education-oriented news.