Stump the Tech Director

The future is here now—check out these pictures of the future--but some times, it’s hard to move organizations along. And, some times, it’s not the organization that’s the obstacle but certain folks—like technology directors—who have trouble saying, “Yes, let’s do that!" That’s why my motto is to do something different, but making that motto REAL is another thing altogether.
I love this Dilbert cartoon that Doug “Blue Skunk" Johnson posted:
Dilbert comic strip's character Mordac, The Preventer of Information Services, is regrettably an all too recognizable figure in many schools...A major cause of this disconnect is that educators and technologists have valid but very different priorities when it comes to technology. As educators, we need simplicity, abundance, convenience, and ubiquity. As a technologists, we must provide security, reliability, and adequacy.
Source: Blue Skunk Blog
Recently, Ben Rimes (@techsavvyed) asked the following via Twitter:

What a great question! Troy Hicks (@hickstro) wrote back quickly with this reply:
So, for fun, I decided to compile my own top 10 fun list from questions heard across the years:
  1. Why do we block YouTube and Facebook, but allow Instagram, Vine and Twitter? Schools have accounts in all of those.
  2. Why can’t we use Todays Meet in classrooms?
  3. Why can’t we use mobile phones in classroom for learning?
  4. How come we’re still using MS Exchange and Outlook WebMail when GoogleApps for Education (GAFE) is available for free?
  5. How come we’re still requiring teachers to create and manage their own class rosters in a “bajillion" different tech-based instructional delivery systems? Let’s require increased automation.
  6. Why can’t you hook up all my classroom technology equipment so that it’s ready to go when I get back from summer vacation?
  7. Why can’t we adopt as our district “storage area network" instead of fancy, expensive servers?
  8. Why do I need to encrypt confidential data before I send it via email? How do I do that? Would you do that for me?
  9. Why can’t you setup a local area network (LAN) and provide internet access in someone else’s building for an event? Or, a field?
  10. Why can’t we just all get Chromebooks? Wait, how do you print something? Nevermind.
…as well as ask others like you for YOUR list.

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--David said…
As a tech guy that helps schools, I can answer these:
1. Misinformation about the sites leads to fears about using them.
2. See #1
3. See #1
4. Security, plain and simple. Outlook/Exchange are web-based but info is stored locally under tight security. And, some folks do not like to let go of control, especially in light of FOI, etc. Plus, can't get to GMail when Internet connection is down.
5. Because there is not an industry standard to tie them altogether, thus creating a massive money pit as the tech dept TRIES to combine systems.
6. Because there are 1000s networked devices and 3 tech people. Not facetious, either. I have several districts in that very predicament.
7. Local security. Distrust of cloud services and/or how do I access my critical files when the Internet connection is down?
8. To keep confidential information from being scanned; train them; and, no, but I will teach you.
9. Because you won't let me come into your house and tear down a few walls, right?
10. Haha, many of my schools face that very issue right now. :-)

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