Lately, it seems I have been confusing and disturbing friends
and colleagues from across the political spectrum. My
general support for the charter school movement and
the principles behind the Common Core initiatives draw
ire from those on the left, while my usual skepticism
of corporate “interests” in education via E-Rate and
assessment dollars brings smirks from those on the right.
I must admit to enjoying the disruption. The issues are thorny
and complex and I have the luxury to avoid particulars. Many
of our contributors this month don’t have it so easy. Ronald S.
Chandler, Chief Information Officer, and Dr. Themistocles Sparangis, Chief Technology Director,
IT Customer Services for Los Angeles Unified School District, detail their progress in rolling
out the largest 1:1 initiative ever attempted (Beyond the Software). You can also watch the
archived panel discussion they held at our most
recent Techforum event here: www.livestream.com/techlearning. Connie White, Director of
Technology & Learning, Lakeview Academy,
Gainesville, GA, lays out some of the professional
development strategies she uses for not only
students, but faculty and parents, when it comes
to the acceptable use of devices in her school (X:1
How to Manage a Multitude of Mobile Devices).
I feel all of our contributing educators this
month did a great job of distilling these issues
to focus on what I believe Tech & Learning does
best—share tools and ideas for edtech leaders.
We’ll leave the politics to others. Of course, all of
these topics are being hashed out online daily at
techlearning.com. Come and share your opinions.
— Kevin Hogan