|Hiram Cuevas via impromptu Google+ Hangout|
This is a big summer for St. Christopher's School. We have a 1:1 program launching in the fall, our school will be celebrating its centennial, and we will be opening the Luck Leadership Center in January 2012. So in the midst of all of the excitement, I find it is critical that as we create new and engaging activities for our boys, we must also be mindful to reflect and revise as needed.Hiram was kind enough to offer a few comments on my blog post on BYOD via Google+, and was open to chatting via Google+ Hangout. We managed to connect earlier this evening for about 30-40 minutes.
I do have confess there were a few audio problems. I made the recording--how to record Google+ Hangouts--using BB Flashback Recorder, a free Windows recording tool, and it appeared that audio of his responses and my questions overlapped each other. I'm guessing this was caused by lag in the audio/video. Unfortunately, it's difficult to edit this out or separate the audio streams. In spite of the "echo" in advance of Hiram's words, you can hear him quite well, responding to the questions outlined in the BYOD blog entry written earlier this week. Part of the audio, though, was un-usable and had to be discarded, especially towards the end of the recording. 8-(
Still, I look forward to trying out a different approach to recording audio from Google + Hangout soon.
My Script for the Podcast:
"Welcome to Texas for a Technology Enhanced Education, or Texas4TEE. I'm your host, Miguel Guhlin. Texas4TEE's mission is to put you in touch with other education professionals asking and answering the kind of in the trenches questions Texans are focused on. Join us online at our web site at http://texas4tee.net, as well as via Facebook Group and Page so you can find out how other Texans are enhancing education through the strategic application of technology.
Social media enables us all to crowdsource solutions to problems we are facing in schools today. Texas4TEE seeks to bridge the gaps that separate us from each other, regardless of what professional organization you may belong to, whether you're teach in public, private, charter or home-school your child. The focus is on enhancing education through technology.
Today is Wednesday, September 28, 2011, and all this week, I've noticed a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD/BYOT) to schools. Tim Holt, El Paso ISD Instructional Technology Director, makes this point in an article entitled, Encouraging Innovation, published by EdTechMagazine:
Most schools prohibit the use of personal electronics on campus. But this ban rarely applies to faculty and administrators. Students see the hypocrisy of these policies, of course, and bring their gadgets anyway, betting that teachers are too preoccupied to catch them while they text under their desks — the 21st century equivalent of note passing.
We can either continue the Sisyphean struggle of trying to equip students with district-owned and -filtered “safe” devices or start to embrace the technology that’s already paid for and in pockets, purses and backpacks across the country. The trick is to develop a methodology that allows the use of such devices while at the same time meeting district infrastructure and policy needs.
Yes, that certainly is THE trick. In the conversations I've read or had with others, the trick isn't about protecting the sanctity of the District network from the virus-infested devices our children will bring to school. The trick isn't ensuring that children will dance in front of the Golden Calf, worshipping at the feet of their social media gods--that's Facebook, and other tools only they know about. Rather, the trick is getting adults to change their daily practice and use these technologies to change what they do every day. Even the FCC realizes social media shouldn't be in the cross-hairs simply because it enables us to be human online:
The ruling, as cited by Nora Carr in eSchoolNews 09/26/2011, asserts the following:
“Although it is possible that certain individual Facebook or MySpace pages could potentially contain material harmful to minors, we do not find that these websites are per se ‘harmful to minors’ or fall into one of the categories that schools and libraries must block.”
In a blog entry published at Around the Corner-mguhlin.org, I shared the questions technology directors in Texas and Oklahoma have been asking about BYOD. Taking advantage of Google+ Hangout, I was able to share my blog entry with a professional learning network of over a 1000 educators. Hiram Cuevas kindly offered to chat with me about the program he enjoys at his schools in Richmond, Virginia.
I've included links to the web site and more information online. Since this conversation was a bit off the cuff for both of us, a perfect example of the just in time connections we can make as educators through the use of social media, you may find me jumping around. I'd like to say up front how grateful that Mr. Cuevas took time from washing dishes to respond to questions Texans and Oklahomans were asking about BYOD.
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