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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Protecting copyright in an academic environment

Protecting copyright in an academic environment

Since its inception, copyright law has always recognized a certain amount of flexibility not only for purposes of teaching but also for purposes of comment and criticism and for news reporting. Since the 1970's, a "fair use" doctrine has been codified into U.

February 27, 2006 by in Networking

Bill would tie CA edtech grants to copyright education

Bill would tie CA edtech grants to copyright education

A California representative wants to compel schools to "educate" kids about digital piracy or lose their education technology grants. Rep. Ed Chavez's bill, which would require schools applying for California's Technology Assistance Project to demonstrate a plan to educate children in the rules of copyright.

February 26, 2006 by in Security

Watch out for WikiBooks

Watch out for WikiBooks

Joyce Valenza suggests keeping an eye on the emerging world of WikiBooks, otherwise known as open source textbook projects. They haven't gotten much play lately but Valenza suspects they may be ready to break out.

February 24, 2006 by in Open Source

Tech educators slam Bush budget

Tech educators slam Bush budget

If America has a pressing need for improved math and science education, as apparently we do, then why does the 2007 budget trash education technology programs? That's what the International Society for Technology in Education wants to know.

February 14, 2006 by in Tech & Work

Learning math the "Numb3rs" Way

Learning math the "Numb3rs" Way

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is teaming up with Texas Instruments and the producers of CBS's mathmatical detective show "Numb3rs" to develop a technology based math-learning program for high schoolers.

February 13, 2006 by in Tech & Work

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