Tech Director Chat
Episode 12

Why do Tech Directors Lock Technology Down?

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.

We're back! After taking a week off for Thanksgiving, we get a question from Ian that sets up one of the BIGGEST questions that Tech Directors always have to wrestle it, "why do things have to be locked down?!" The answers isn't always the most well received, but it can shed light on what sort of trials, tribulations, and headaches a Tech Director is willing to endure in order to maintain a vision. In addition to addressing the big questions about control, Paul sets us up for another deep conversation about "whole technology learning" vs. "smaller task learning." We touch on updates to our district's teacher laptops, and finish up with an age old question about Tootsie Pops.

Timestamps for this week's questions:

0:50 How was Thanksgiving break?

1:10 What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover?

1:46 What has Pete been up to today?

2:07 What kind of bond financial tool requires a day to create?

4:02 When are we as a district updating to Mac OS X Yosemite?

6:06 How do we handle getting everyone upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite?

6:54 Ian from Twitter asks, why would a school district not allow you to administer your teacher laptop?

8:36 Why do Tech Directors like to look everything down?

10:27 Ian from Twitter asks, does super strict control over technology to keep old people from breaking it, or students from using it?

13:08 Why would a school district block cameras on devices?

14:53 So some things get blocked because Tech Directors just don’t want students using them?

15:30 Paul wants to know, how do you teach older folks to use a computer?

12:37 So basically, Pete wants to teach people entire technology systems, and Ben wants to teach people the smaller pieces of technology?

12:23 Stump Pete! Scott asks, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

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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