Tech Director Chat
Episode 18

What About Chromebooks?

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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.

Technology in schools is driven by many factors; flexability, accessibility, and cost are just a few of the considerations, although cost quite often has a larger role in what school choose to implement. Pete and I chat about some really excellent questions posed by teachers in his small conversations regarding the direction of technology in the district, including how tech staff engages with teaching staff, how to properly "outfit" a room with technology, and spend a good deal of time talking about Chromebooks, the low cost computing sensation sweeping across school districts.

Timestamps for this week's questions:

0:50 What has Pete been up to today?

1:30 Pete shares some of the conversations he’s having with teachers.

1:50 Why don’t we outfit classrooms with technology based on the content taught within it?

4:30 Is the way we’ve been doing technology in education even relevant anymore?

5:30 How do we engage the tech staff to bridge gaps between teachers and the tech department?

7:14 We were on track to have Yosemite ready to go, what happened?

11:00 What about Chromebooks?

16:15 If you were a student in High School right now, what would frustrate you the most?

18:28 Stump Pete!

19:30 Who invented the mouse?

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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  • PLG Gary

    If I do remember correctly the first mouse came with the Apple Macintosh Lisa computer.

  • Ben Rimes

    Apple may have made it popular, but Pete was right!