Tech Director Chat
Episode 7

Let's Stump Pete!

Ben Rimes published on

A weekly chat tackling the issue of educational technology from both sides. Ben Rimes, a former teacher turned educational technologist, chats with Pete Poggione, an Information Technology Professional from the private sector turned School IT Director.

This week's episode involves questions of a philosophic nature about whether technology is truly necessary in the classroom, and we wrestle with the scourge of every educator trying to install good digital citizenship habits within their students, the Yik Yak App. We answer a few questions about our bond issue, Ben sends some early Halloween shivers down your spine, and we introduce our very first regular segment, "Stump Pete!"

Timestamps for this week's questions:

:48 How's it going today?

:59 What's up with this Yik Yak App that hit the district last week?

4:50 When the bond passes, will each new classroom have some type of interactive whiteboard and a sound system?

7:50 Does Ben sound too creepy when whispering into the microphone?

8:41 Do school districts send home manuals for devices that students use?

10:25 If we were to pursue a 1:1 program, how could you see the program being embodied in our school district?

12:15 Does anyone really want clones of Ben?

12:52 Is it vital for students to have access to technology? Why or why not?

17:00 The Waldorf School doesn't believe in technology?

19:09 In the 1970s hit song, "The Night Chicago Died" where was "Daddy" a cop, and when?

You can talk about the show or continue the conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #TechDirectorChat or chatting up Ben (@techsavvyed) or Pete (@ppoggione) on Twitter.

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