I really support making technology serve education. I'm just trying to be
proactive, because I know what happens when people can't get service and
can't depend on their technology working. What happens then is they won't
use it. My holy grail is kids and teachers using technology in the
classroom to support the kids' learning. Having neat equipment that
doesn't get used is not success.
So a non-standard piece of equipment comes into the building. Is it
innovative? Is it going to do something that we haven't been able to do
before? If so, bring it on. If it works then we can look at including it
in how we do business and standardizing on a supportable model.
Is it just another notebook? Is it a "feel good" bonus for attending a
conference? Is the primary beneficiary the organization promoting their
class, conference, seminar? What obligation does the organization giving
these to our educators have to the teachers to make sure they are usable
during the school day? Is having the recipient sign a MOU saying the
responsibility for support falls to the school the end of their
If the teacher bringing back the gadget gets frustrated because it needs
support which they can't get is the organization who gave it to them
around to get the flack? Who is responsible for the success of the
innovation/learning that begins this process?
These perks for attending professional development are becoming more
common. What can we in the schools do to make the professionals who are
receiving them be successful in using them? What can the organizations
that hand them out do to support their attendees after the registration
check has been cashed?
> Let's keep in mind that we are using technology in the service of
> Not to say that I don't understand the issues that come with it.
> Diane Lemieux
> Associate Principal St. Albans Town Educational Center
> Tech Coordinator Franklin Central Supervisory Union
> From: Raymond Ballou <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 8:31:19 AM
> Subject: Re: Dilberts take on 'standardization'
> the question in all this is who is the customer.
> the answer is the taxpayer, the board, the administration, the
> students and the hardware.
> "the IT shall consider as good, not what pleases IT but what pleases
> The complication is deciding which customers win out against another.
> Even with limitless resources not all customers could ever be happy.
> “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before
starting to improve the world.”
> Anne Frank (1929–1945) Dutch diarist