1. Tom Murray

    Thanks for the follow up on my blog post, George. I couldn’t agree more with the questions that you pose. The instructional side and the technical side must communicate well so that kids benefit and have the resources that they need. Well said! @thomascmurray

  2. Hey buddy;

    I agree with everyone working together the feedback that I get from IT departments is that educators need to explain why they want something and not just that they want it and they want it now. I think if we give our tech departments reasons why it is important and why it is educationally sound they will all be in favor of allowing us to do it. You are right we have to work together. They are not below us in the hierarchy of schools! (try to teach a day without technology and you will then realize how important your IT department is)

  3. I would add to both of your comments regarding the obsolete IT director that the role of this person is also changing. They no longer can sit in the back office where they are not able to see teachers utilizing technology. Even in industry they are becoming more global in their job description because technology isn’t a “thing” but rather a mode of operation and it impacts everyone’s job. If the IT staff think they just work with machines, networks and devices they may have their head in the sand. I also think this imerging role may require sitting at the adminstrators’ meetings and learning more about education than was previously required. Thanks for continuing to challenge thinking!

  4. twitter_angietarasoff

    Question: for some of those projects that were rolled out that represented more of a business perspective than an educational perspective – who made the decision to go forward? How was it made?

    Asking the technician in your classroom to explain to you why a decision was made, or how it improves learning might not be a fair question – especially if that person was not a part of the decision-making process. Often, the tech in the classroom or on the other end of the phone gets the brunt of the pushback for decisions that are far removed from their authority.

    These are great questions, George. They should be asked of those who have the authority and responsibility for making the decisions…and perhaps not of those who are simply charged with implementing them…

  5. Hello, I agree with you that educators and IT staff need to work together more. One of the best ways to do that is for both sides to understand what the other dose and why both are important. You did point out that IT members need to attend conferences about education and I love the idea of IT people observing in classrooms. However, on the other side faculty need to learn that just because a salesman says it is possible, it may not be true with existing technology configurations. Anything is possible, but not everything is practical. Maybe you should also suggest that instructors spend time observing the IT staff and seeing how integration works on the back end. Best, Melissa

  6. Heaven Ball

    Wow this resonates in many schools around my area. Many of the tech directors around me are obsolete. They do not want to listen to teachers about new technologies and why they shouldn’t be locked or blocked. I think George your idea of building a culture between the teachers and the tech directors is crucial. I think these four questions addressed are a good start to improving the technologies available for our students and teachers. We must get out of the mindset that everything is dangerous. The students are using these sources anyway why not help them us them safely by modeling their use in the classroom.

  7. I’m a corporate IT Director turned high school teacher. IT is presenting next year’s technology plan in 3 weeks and hasn’t talked to any teacher or administrator in my school of over 100 teachers. I learned early on in my corporate career that if I didn’t interact, listen and respond to the people who are providing core value, I was going to become irrelevant, fired or both. I have pressed IT on several fronts with research based technology requests that have been challenged repeatedly based on FERPA requirements. Seems that FERPA is obsolete too. Other countries aren’t constrained by such regulations and explore the benefits of technology assisted pedagogy that we’re prohibited based on IT, District management and legal consultant recommendations and decisions. Our IT has become irrelevant but it’s really the teacher’s fault. Few raise their voice to administrators and District management because they either don’t care, aren’t technology savvy, are timid or have been ignored so many times, Teachers, the real value creators, need to drive the technology plan not be driven by it.

  8. John

    Great post George. I am an IT Director who has been managing a 1:1 laptop program for 8 years now, and it has been very beneficial to our district. This year we have a new HS principal who wants to start BYOD because it’s the latest trend. Our teachers are really struggling with it because our administration can’t tell them why we need this. I have taken these 4 questions and plan on bringing them up at a meeting next week. These should be guiding questions for all school administrators, not just IT. Thanks!

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