A chance to say goodbye and highlight a few last stories/products/companies worth a closer look.
News and analysis on IT and computing in the education sector.
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.
Dell's new laptop for schools is slick. But what's much more interesting is how it envisions it being used to support the latest generation of student assessments.
You've heard about InBloom. Now the Ed-Fi Alliance is bringing even more big data sensibility to states and districts.
Tableau Software recently announced that it would begin giving away its Tableau Desktop analytics software. Having spent some time with the tool, I can say that this could mark a turning point in the way students think about data.
We can't even import enough programmers to meet the demand, and the shortage is only going to get worse, no thanks to our out-of-touch educational priorities in this country.
A lengthy effort to examine the state of education in American schools released their final report today. Apparently, we need equity in our schools.
It's Valentine's Day. It's LEGO World. And I'm in love with the new Mindstorms EV3.
Despite the recent explosion in ed tech applications and services, adoption and use of data remains a significant challenge. InBloom's new platform just may change that.
Dell Latitude 10 Essentials and Project Ophelia - Two very different approaches to student computing
Dell announced a new budget configuration for its Latitude 10 tablet at CES this week, along with the Dell Wyse Project Ophelia zero client, giving two very different options for improving student computing access.
Sharewith911 may just be the best solution I've seen for improving school safety. And it's incredibly simple, leveraging ubiquitous classroom and consumer technology.
Before politicians take the next 4 years to debate gun control legislation of dubious merit, there are things that schools, districts, and communities can begin doing right now to keep our kids safer at school.
This past fall, Dell launched its Education Challenge as part of its larger social innovation efforts. Last week, the company announced the winners at Dell World and they bring some great ideas to the table.
Words are woefully inadequate here, but I'm a writer, so I have to write something.
It wasn't so long ago that many students and parents considered themselves lucky to have access to public education in the States. I'm afraid, though, that I'm headed into 2013 utterly discouraged by the system.
The Sky wifi smartpen from Livescribe makes a pen and paper work in a tablet world.