Upgrade Pains & Accessibility
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.
We're back for a second episode, and for those of you hoping for a shorter episode....you have no idea how much Pete likes to talk! In our pursuit of trying to find a regular recording time, and a means of controlling the length of the chat, we tackle a few questions this week. Rob, one of our High School teachers in Mattawan asks a great question about upgrading, and Melissa chimes in via Twitter with a great question for any school technology department, about accessibility for special needs learners using district technology.
Timestamps for this week's questions:
1:38 - Is it gratifying for Pete to get his hands dirty and work on help desk tickets instead of staying behind his desk all the time?
4:30 - Are there new projectors or interactive whiteboards coming?
6:45 - Shoutout to the Later Elementary Teachers, they rock today!
7:31 - Can we upgrade our laptops to OS X Mavericks, and why have you waited so long? - I was told after the recording that I forgot to mention that we also postponed upgrading because not all of the important software we use in the district had been updated by their developers.
13:08 - What plans are in place for providing accessibility for students with special needs or accomodations using district technology?
16:01 - How do Apple products help us with meeting student's needs and accommodations?
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.