Showing posts from September, 2008

Satisfied Only with Success

This past Friday, I had the chance to visit a New Tech High School here in Texas. I honestly was not prepared for the impact it would have on me. I'd read about New Tech HS, even seriously considered it but it was cost-prohibitive for an urban district, the political will wasn't there (e.g. changing leadership, everything is on hold). PBS TeacherLine of Texas had invited Greg Rodriguez (one of my team) and I to share about our partnership with them, and how we are using the ISTE Capstone program to build capacity. I spoke for about 15-20 minutes and then Greg shared how we were licensing PBS TeacherLine courses for use, but running them through Moodle. All in all, it was one of those nice moments when you get to share what you think is success. But through the whole presentation, as I looked into the eyes of district administrators, surrounded by beautiful technologies in …

Breaking the Bottleneck

Earlier this week, the Texas Education Technology Network (TETN) broadcast instruction about how administrators were going to be expected to submit a Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA) aligned assessment. The very worthy and important mission of TETN is as follows: The mission of TETN is to facilitate communications among educational entities throughout Texas to improve student performance and to increase efficiency of educational operations via an effective telecommunications network. --TETN Policy Manual Yet, recent actions by TETN call into question the REAL intent of this espoused mission. I was shocked to read the following at Tim Holt's Intended Consequences blog: When I got to work this morning, I opened an email from my local ESC technology director, saying that I was in trouble...well, she actually said “Hot water” So what else is new eh?…

NVU Replacement - Kompozer

A colleague dropped by and bragged that he'd heard from a student in college. "Yeah, she made an 'A' in her project because she could create a web page!" I laughed and said, "Didn't you teach her using Notepad on Windows?"
"You bet, that's all we had!" he laughed back, his blue eyes open wide. "And one of your people just told me about NVU!" Tonight, I went looking for NVU because I'm participating in an online course, and wanted to develop nicely formatted discussion forum posts (no, they're not using Moodle). I stumbled across this entry at Wikipedia: Nvu (pronounced "N-view") is a discontinued WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite and Gecko 1.7. It is a common WYSIWYG editor for Linux and is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Micro…