As one of the troublemakers who has been offering summer institutes in
which participants "earn" equipment, I recognize the potential headache
we create by issuing participants "non-standard" equipment.
We get pre-approval for the items we include on our "shopping list" from
our South Burlington network services team, so that handles South
Burlington participants. We also ask participants from other schools to
check in with their tech departments to be sure that what they purchase
is approved by their tech department. Finally, although it's a bit of a
pain, we do allow participants to buy equipment that is not on our
shopping list--equipment that matches what their tech department
purchases. For example, if we're buying HP netbooks and the
participant's home district purchases Acers, we would purchase Acers for
Equipment purchased for participants in our CVEDC-sponsored courses is
donated to the particpants' school districts for use in the teachers'
classrooms. What happens to the equipment after that is between the
school districts and the participants. South Burlington has gone the
extra mile by saying that if a teacher "earns" equipment that needs
installation (e.g., a projector or a SMART Board), the district will
cover the cost of installation (as a way of recognizing and supporting
the teachers having taken the initiative to attend the summer institute
to improve their use of technology in their classrooms).
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Fred Wadlington
Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 9:11 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Looking a gift horse in the mouth
This has been an interesting thread. With respect to ownership of
equipment that has been garnered by attending an event, Milton School
District does not consider the equipment to belong to them but rather
the employee who attended the event. As such it is treated just like
all other personal equipment that a staff member might bring in to use.
If it is something that can connect to our network, then they need to
have it "registered" by the IT Dept. Per policy we do not support
personal equipment. This policy was developed over 10 years ago largely
due to manpower hours as well as "where does one draw the line" when you
start providing support for personal equipment (whether it is at home or
at school). That being said, we are always willing to answer questions
and provide minimal assistance as time permits. We have developed many
"self help" documents that also provide this type of assistance to
I am all for standardization whenever possible. To help in this effort,
we have requested that if a staff member is submitting a purchase
request for any IT related equipment, that the "approvers of the
request" make sure that it has been reviewed by the Dir of IT. We have
found that staff are more than amenable to changing to what we have been
purchasing once they understand the rationale and how it will
potentially benefit them in the future.
Fred Wadlington, Systems Administrator
Milton Town School District
(802) 893-3210 x1114
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 at 2:42 PM -0400 wrote:
>> Our school has been addressing this issue as well, but one thing that
>hasn't been mentioned is the ownership of this equipment.
>> Teachers attend the technology conferences/courses through
>development funds and therefore,
>> the equipment is considered school equipment and with that they
>be provided support.
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