On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM, Elizabeth McCarthy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Our school has been addressing this issue as well, but one thing that hasnít been mentioned is the ownership of this equipment.
> Teachers attend the technology conferences/courses through professional development funds and therefore,
> the equipment is considered school equipment and with that they should be provided support.
But IS that equipment necessarily the school's? I'm not sure. If the
fee for an event specifically covers the cost of a device, it would
appear so, but if it's a "gift" is that still the case? If a teacher
is given a canvas bag by a vendor, should that teacher surrender the
bag to the school? If I'm a manufacturer of computer equipment and
I've identified a course as likely to be attended by the most
innovative of teachers, I might want to get my equipment into their
hands - no matter what school they're at. Is it my prerogative to
give my equipment to whom I choose? Is there some ethical
consideration that might override my prerogative? This is a gift,
mind you, it hasn't been funded by the course tuition.
> I agree with Lucieís take on this, we have classrooms with nothing, and if a teacher is motivated
> to take a course and bring back equipment to engage students and differentiate instruction,
> we should be excited for them and encourage using what- ever it takes.
I would guess that a decision to support or not support such equipment
would be influenced by the state of the computing program in each
particular school. If you've identified lack of equipment as the
primary problem facing your program, you might be more liberal with
accepting whatever came your way. And it might depend on the number
of such pieces of equipment you're faced with; only a couple might not
We had the problem, some years back, of teachers wanting printers in
their own classrooms rather than needing to walk down the hall to pick
up a print job. A reasonable desire, but our budget didn't support
that. This was at the time that really cheap (in all senses of the
word) ink jet printers were coming on the market and they started
popping up in classrooms. And then blowing up (so to speak) in
classrooms. And the teachers wanted us to fix them. You all know
what a joke that is. We had to tell them not to even mention those
printers to us; we wouldn't touch them. Some teachers felt angry.
They felt that they had spent their own money to get what the school
wouldn't provide, the least we could do is fix the thing. Sorry.