Category Archives: General Commentary

A Plan for Providing Equitable Anytime/Anywhere/Any Device Internet Access to All Students

School districts wrestle with ways to provide equitable internet access to all students, a challenge magnified for districts with a 1:1 Chromebook or laptop initiative. Using data from local surveys  and determining pockets of limited bandwidth, there are some common actions.  Many … Continue reading

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Exploring Scarsdale’s Elementary School Innovations

On Friday I joined a team of teachers and the principal from Brewster’s John F. Kennedy School in a visit three elementary schools in Scarsdale, NY.  Our goal was to learn more about how they use space in the elementary grades to … Continue reading

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We are a School District, Not a Datacenter!

Are we keeping our eyes on the primary mission of a school district–student learning–as we become increasingly reliant on technology as an enterprise? The costs associated with maintaining servers, backups, adequate power, secure access, remote access, space, cooling, fire suppression, … Continue reading

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Internet Interruption: Explanation and Resolutions

Yesterday was a challenge for instructional and non-instructional users of our network, and it’s one we’re working to prevent in the future. A failure in our firewall–the device that fights internet intrusions, provides internet filtering, and allows us to manage … Continue reading

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Smart Schools Bond Investment Planning: Avoiding the Marketing Trap

Developers of technology devices and services for students and teachers are becoming increasingly aggressive with their marketing to schools. Many promise unique selling points which promise to make their product more desirable than that of competitors, but some of what they say may … Continue reading

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Google Changes YouTube; Schools Benefit!

“YouTube settings in Google Apps allow you to restrict which YouTube videos are viewable, which videos might show up as recommendations, and which videos are returned in YouTube Search results for signed-in Apps users in your organization.” –  Google Google’s … Continue reading

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Public Education and the Nexus of Forces: Keeping Students at the Center of our Technology Decisions

Cross posted at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/public-education-nexus-forces-keeping-students-center-john-krouskoff?published=t As leaders, our decisions around student engagement, collaboration, and vision must be aligned with the global technology reality.  This reality is referenced by Gartner as a Nexus of Forces, forces which educational leaders cannot ignore. Defined as a “convergence and … Continue reading

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Emerging Technologies: Avoiding the Marketing Trap

Cross posted at http://www.emergingedtech.org/penn-teller-water-bottle-survey/  Developers of technology devices and services for students and teachers are becoming increasingly aggressive with their marketing to schools.  Many promise unique selling points which promise to make their product  more desirable than that of competitors, but some of … Continue reading

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My (Unexpected) Response to an Online Standardized Test

With all the controversy regarding online standardized testing, I’ve not weighed in with any significant position, largely because I was not overly swayed either way.  That changed this weekend, as I took the CoSN CETL Immersion Course and corresponding test.  The … Continue reading

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The “Future Ready Pledge” and Emerging Technologies

Today the president will host an event at the White House with school district leaders and other educational leaders.  Though full details about today’s event have not yet been released, the message is clear; emerging technology is a key part … Continue reading

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