Steve, I am trying to organize a group buy for smartboard in early July. Initially I was trying to do this just regionally but there is no reason why it could not be opened up to people interested in VT. I would get everyones orders, then put it out to bid. Not quite sure how shipping would work, but my friend U-Hall could always be a backup.
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>, at The Top Floor. they already base their prices off a Vermont Contract, most often beating the contracted price.
On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 12:52 PM, Steve Webster <[log in to unmask]>
The more I think about it,
the more I wonder why we don't agree to a statewide list of standard equipment
that we all would purchase. The benefits seem compelling to me. (New
England-wide would be even better, but I don't totally live in fantasy
I'm curious, what do people
see as problems with an idea like that listed below? How could we move
From: Steven Webster
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 2:36 PM
Information Technology Discussion'
Subject: RE: Looking a gift horse
in the mouth
comments from a "push the envelope" technology integrator:
know Vermonters love local control, but ... As I mentioned a while ago,
I think we (all Vermont school districts) should delegate responsibility to a
group of our best hardware geeks to identify the standard equipment that
we all would purchase and use, in each of several categories, such
- MultiMedia desktop workstation (PC, Mac, Linux)--high-end for
video production, etc.
- Standard desktop workstation (PC, Mac, Linux)
- Relatively high-end laptop (PC, Mac, Linux)--for video
production, etc. where portability is necessary
- Standard laptop (PC, Mac, Linux)
- B&W Laser Printer (heavy duty cycle, medium duty cycle, light
- Color Printer(s)...
- Switches and other network infrastructure
- Document cameras...
- Digital Cameras (low end; standard use; SLR)...
it be a challenge to reach common agreements? Yes!
it take less total time and effort to reach common agreements (and update them
each year) than it does to replicate such decision-making numerous times in
all the districts around the state? I've got to believe
we have the time to really thoroughly explore different models (e.g., do
side-by-side comparisons) if we divided up the responsibility between
different work groups? E.g., one group to make decisions re computers,
one group to make decisions re document cameras, one group to make decisions
re cameras, etc. You bet ya!
we save $ by being able to do statewide purchases? Gotta think
all the tech folks learning about and supporting the same gear result in a
massive mutually supportive user group that could help each other with even
the most nitty gritty tech problems? Yup!
this likely result in much more robust and stable systems for teachers and
students, which is what us educator types really want?
- Do we
have the guts to risk giving up our local control if it would result in
significant benefits to all of us? I hope so?
about a strand or session at the next Techie Conference or Vermont
Fest to explore how we could establish such an exalted priesthood of
techies that we could all trust to make decisions for all of us? Or is
this something that VITA-Learn could take on?
- If we
do something like this, we need to think about how we can still
support exploring new, non-standard equipment. We need to be able
to innovate and try new things, but it would be great to have a clear
process to explore and evaluate such equipment, rather than let it happen
randomly. I'm wary about building too much bureaucracy, but I also
recognize the incredible benefits of collaborating rather than have each of us
doing our own thing.
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