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What Keeps Superintendents Up at Night?
At the annual Tech Forum New
York this past fall, administrators
gathered for a special luncheon
designed to bring together
top area school leaders to brainstorm
ways to integrate edtech
into schools better.* The districts
represented ranged from small to
large, from wealthy to economically
challenged. Despite the varied
demographics, many administrators
had similar concerns about
edtech. Here are some of what
many felt were the most important
topics in edtech today:
¦ Banning and filtering
¦ Funding tech
¦ Providing adequate bandwidth
¦ We need more collaborative
work with local businesses and
¦ We need more examples of real
schools working with real tech.
¦ Get parents involved in the conversation
about what is really
happening in today’s schools.
¦ How do we avoid having these
same conversations ten years
¦ We need assessments that measure
¦ E-Rate is too challenging for
¦ Cell phones should be allowed in
schools. Most panelists believed
that this happening was a matter
not of if but of when.
¦ What is the liability of the school
in bring-your-own-tech programs?
Some suggested a thorough
acceptable use policy.
¦ Show school boards how the
tech works through real demonstrations.
¦ Let everyone know that there will
be problems when installing new
¦ When we stop talking about tech,
we’ll have reached our goal.
*In attendance were four New York State school
superintendents (Michael McGill, of Scarsdale
Public Schools; Rob MacNaughton, of Ramapo
Central Schools; Christopher Clouet, of
White Plains Public Schools; and Susan Guiney,
of Mount Pleasant Central Schools) and one
Massachusetts superintendent (Eric Conti, of
Burlington Public Schools) as well as a number
of technology directors and other district