When we last left our hero I was trying to make an unwielding login model student friendly. Fast-forward three years, it’s the Spring of 2004, we had just ordered 16 new Gateway PCs and with nine previously purchased the year before I requested that the district install their image of Windows XP and install our […]More
Many tend to think of institutions like Education as something that has always been, immutable, eternal, something that separates us from lesser creatures. This category looks at the cracks and imperfections in the institution of Education, not as some act of conjecture or sophistry but to continually look for ways to improve the process of education.
Two years ago, during my OMAET program I projected that in ten years computers as would be largely embedded devices, that voice recognition and head’s up displays would “come of age” enough so that all one would need is a very small storage device with the transmitters, I/O and storage media.* This past year IBM […]More
This past year, because the 4th & 5th grade teachers have more students in their classes than the lower grades, the principal made a deal with them that they didn’t need to go to the computer lab with their students. The idea was that this extra weekly block of time would help them manage the […]More
I have been working with some kind of tech since 1979. Before that I was student who loved to doodle and write. When it came to actually bringing technology home, I remember window shopping in the early 80’s and happening to walk through a ComputerLand store where they were displaying the just released IBM PC […]More
At this past district tech meeting (10/12) the director told a story about a neighboring district’s network going down for two-weeks, referring to it as a “career ending” situation that our district will never have to face because of the steps our IT manager has taken to prevent that sort of thing from happening to […]More
My brother-in-law, who is a middle school science teacher, use to complain so much about how much he hated having to use e-mail to communicate with other teachers or his office that I used to call him a Luddite. He just didn’t see the need and in an era when there isn’t enough money to […]More
There is the promise of technology and then there are the nuts and bolts of getting the job done. I spend the majority of my working day in the latter half of that equation but have an eye toward the first part. This journal is about the gap between the promise of a technology rich […]More