The New One-To-One
My seven years in the education technology
space isn’t much compared to the
experience of many (you know who you are).
But as I make plans to return this summer
to Philadelphia, the scene of my first ISTE
conference, in 2005, I feel old. I recall the same
tired promises and arguments that have been
bandied about year after year: a computer for every child!
Tackle the digital divide! NCLB! (By the way, how’s that 2014
proficiency deadline looking?)
While plenty has changed since then, this nagging feeling that
students remain unprepared as digital citizens has not. This
sentiment is one of the reasons for the SchoolCIO Summit,
a new event to be hosted by Tech&Learning in Trenton in
September. We will be inviting a small group of visionary
CIOs, superintendents, and other district leaders to join us to
strategize about the most urgent topics facing school leaders
today. We hope to refocus those redundant conversations by
giving them a fresh perspective: instead of one-to-one, what
about “always on access”? Instead of the digital divide, what
about “high-tech vo-techs”? And NCLB? We might just leave
that alone for the moment.
From this meeting we hope to create a manifesto of sorts—a list
of precepts districts can use to reshape policy and disrupt the
status quo. Before we meet in person this fall, we will be laying
the groundwork at schoolcio.com. What do you feel are the most
significant problems? How do you think that these problems
could be tackled better? Join the conversation there.