Category «Infrastucture»

Don’t blame EdTech

Today I read and watched a sad story about early reading scores in Pittsburgh. CBS KDKA Channel 2 in the Steel City reported that Early Grade Reading Scores Fall At Pittsburgh Public Schools, Despite Millions Spent On Educational Technology. The third grade students scoring Below Basic (i.e. not proficient) in year-end tests rose from 11.7% …

When is a Tesla like a Prius?

People spend a lot of money on a Tesla. There’s one that can get to 60 Mph in 2 seconds. Then there’s the Prius, once valued for its mileage it’s now the bane of everyone’s Uber ride. But they are both equal when they are stuck in traffic on the onramp to the 405!. The …

Seattle Public Schools has a Tech Plan

Seattle Schools Department of Technology Services (DoTS) Technology Plan 2019-2023┬áis the five-year plan I developed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the management in DoTS, and senior staff members at Seattle Public Schools with engagement from a wide group of stakeholders. This plan is an effort to document planning for Information Technology (IT) projects …

Throwback: How to Upgrade 350 Servers to Windows 2000 in 30 Days

I found this article after former Microsoft coworker posted the picture on Facebook. It was still posted on microsoft.com/china. It was originally published April 1, 2000 as part of the Backstage series on microsoft.com that highlighted behind the scenes work running the website. The translation of the picture is “How to Upgrade 350 Servers to …

SBAC FUD and Facts

Originally published in 2013 before the first SBAC testing in California. Given the start of a new testing season I thought I’d repost…. A problem about getting ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments is sometimes fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, as it is called in Technology circles. It is key for …