Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

Latest Posts

Are laptops enough?

I just read South Dakota gives laptops to all and it is compelling to consider providing, as the title suggests, a laptop computer to every child in the state.  Reading the article though, one learns that this is a pilot project covering 5,000 economically-disadvantaged students out of the state's 121,800 public school students.

April 2, 2006 by Marc Wagner


Technology: tool for education or crutch for tools?

A recent post exposed the widespread dissatisfaction that many educators and students feel with the current state of instructional technology and the overall lack of analytical capability in the Google generation. This begs the question, how do we teach students to use technology as a tool rather than a crutch?

April 1, 2006 by Christopher Dawson


Are hand-me-downs really worth it?

In his most recent blog (Donated computers - the good, the bad, and the ugly), Christopher Dawson writes:My principal wonders why I am fairly indiscriminate in the computers I'm willing to accept for donation and from surplus.

March 31, 2006 by Marc Wagner


What digital divide?

Blacks and English-speaking Hispanics are rapidly closing the gap, even among lower-income poeple. new studies report. Should we now speak of a broadband divide?

March 31, 2006 by ZDNet Editor


More on Donations

My post from earlier this week on donated computers generated a fair amount of feedback and a number of good questions, so I thought I'd devote some more space to this issue.

March 30, 2006 by Christopher Dawson


Who's phishing for your students?

I was recently quoted on C|Net by Joris Evers in Neighborhood watch for phishing regarding a grassroots effort to stamp out phishing sites as quickly as possible by notifying the owners of the servers being used for such activity.  The point I made was that it is naive for 100 volunteers to believe that they could really make a difference by successfully thwarting the efforts of dishonest people to steal the money or identities of the unsuspecting.

March 29, 2006 by Marc Wagner