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Christopher Dawson grew up in Seattle, back in the days of pre-antitrust Microsoft, coffeeshops owned by something other than Starbucks, and really loud, inarticulate music. He escaped to the right coast in the early 90's and received a degree in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. While there, he began a career in health and educational information systems, with a focus on IT in public health. This focus led him to several positions at Johns Hopkins, a couple-year stint in private industry, 5 years teaching high school math and technology, 2 years as the technology director for his local school district, and 2 years as Vice President of Business Development for WIzIQ, a virtual classroom and learning network provider. Most recently, he has focused on writing, consulting, and advocacy around the smart use of technology in the classroom and education reform. A liberal dose of freelance writing about technology for SMBs helps pay the bills and support his growing hobby farm/soapbox for sustainable living and agriculture. He lives with his wife, five kids (yes, 5), 2 dogs, a flock of chickens, and a hateful cat in a small town in north-central Massachusetts.
Part 2 of my 8-part IT buyer's guide - More K12 goodness.
This is the first of an eight-part series on our favorite thing to do during the summer: spend our budget before it gets cut!
I'd be lost without Evernote and I'm hardly the only one. Check out this interview with Evernote VP John McGeachie.
It's easy to find creative gifts for grads that will be appreciated for years to come.
Angela Maiers and I are going to be addressing one of the biggest challenges facing today's schools, educators, students, parents, and even businesses in this live webcast.
It's time that teachers learned to stop selling themselves short. Announcing some very cool professional (and personal) development!
Kirsten Winkler and I interviewed the founders of Coursera late last week; the two hd
Video from my new bi-weekly wrapup of interesting ed tech stories with Kirsten Winkler
Most Wednesdays, I run a live webinar on WizIQ, usually on some ed tech-related topic. I tend not to post the recordings here since there is definitely a commercial element to them (I wouldn't be much of an evangelist for the company if there wasn't).
Adobe released important research on the value of creativity worldwide; at the same time, they put their money where their mouth is, making Adobe's Creative Suite much more affordable for schools and students.
The athletic director for our local school district recently took some heat for the sad state of our high school's track. It was, in fact, some well-justified heat.
I can almost smell the holy grail...the right hardware, the right ecosystem, the right price. Intel has hit a home run with its Studybook.
Last Friday, I had the chance to chat with our own Charlie Osborne, who writes the iGeneration blog here on ZDNet. We talked about her recent post on "The future of education: Memorize or analyse?
Will HP, Apple, Lenovo, and the other major OEMs step up to match Dell's growing edu ecosystem? And, btw, thin clients are so not dead.