A chance to say goodbye and highlight a few last stories/products/companies worth a closer look.
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 deg…ree 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.
April 17, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
RSS is a comparative dinosaur in a world of social sharing. I'm going to get so much hate mail for this post.
March 14, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
You've heard about InBloom. Now the Ed-Fi Alliance is bringing even more big data sensibility to states and districts.
March 12, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
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.
March 11, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
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.
February 26, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
A lengthy effort to examine the state of education in American schools released their final report today. Apparently, we need equity in our schools.
February 19, 2013 by Christopher Dawson
It's Valentine's Day. It's LEGO World. And I'm in love with the new Mindstorms EV3.
February 13, 2013 by Christopher Dawson