Let me start by saying that you have done a wonderful job of creating a beautiful and enticing blog! I like how you made both the video and the blog post by Omarsson available to the reader in your post.
I agree that it tends to come down to financial reasons as to why schools are not able to grow in technological areas. We have all of the great ideas there and most of the time know where we would like to go, but are unable to make any headway. It would be interesting as you said, to have technology creators work together with school officials to make this a more applicable process. Could you clarify that for me more? I want to make sure that I understand your idea.
As for the ed. tech. coordinators, do you feel as though their time of "hiding in closets" is coming to an end as well? I hope so! At our school we have created these such positions in order to assist our school into this technologically-themed world in education. However, I work in private and do not endure the hardship of a low-income school district. What do you see where you are?
Sorry I missed your comment. Thank you for the kind comments. This is my first foray into the community and its daunting. As for your questions; Its really a requirements issue, if the educators lay out their requirements, and then the technology creators and the school $$$ people work together to design and support the need. Most organizations have configuration management boards where users, teachers, levy their needs, designers hear and money is agreed upon. In today's schools I see teachers in a candy closet, I want I want, but then there is that upset stomach. There needs to be a defined, yet flexible, five year plan to support these needs. We will get there. But the example of the school district in California buying everyone iPads, then realizing their infrastructure couldn't support the demand. And for the EdTechs, at Seminole County, they have a great support system. Money and rooms are allotted to them. They are also key in the media and tech courses and have students as dividends working most of the technical issues that arise in the classrooms. So perhaps this is a problem in other schools but I don't see it here. I do see a need for requirements, configuration boards, five year plans and user education.
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