Christopher Dawson

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.

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Drowning in waste paper

Drowning in waste paper

Of all the services provided by the university IT department, the most mundane and the least cost-effective is printing. While the technology for placing ink onto paper has changed dramatically in the last 25 years, the underlying principle has changed little since the invention of movable type in 1455 A.

March 12, 2006 by in Printers

Mashing up education

Mashing up education

The end of the textbook should be nigh. Connected by the internet, teachers and students can build their customized, mashed-up core content out of a dynamic flow of websites, original writing, news feeds, and multimedia analysis.

March 8, 2006 by in Government

Video: Weblogs in the classroom

Video: Weblogs in the classroom

Will Richardson, who writes the weblogg-ed blog, has posted links to a video presented at the National Education Computing Conference back in 2004. ere's a quasi-transcript of the section where Richardson, student Toni Lynn Gibson and parent Pamela Mahon discuss the impact of using blogs.

March 6, 2006 by in Amazon

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