What About an Hour of Design?

Last week, schools across the United States were completing an Hour of Code. Coding has taken the education landscape by storm, with the President himself hosting 100 of the nation’s top computer science teachers, including two from Oakland Unified School District. Code.org, a site that perhaps is the epicenter of the movement, came to a …

What is the best device for K-12?

Some people are in search of the right technology, the right device, the right answer. These folks may think that it will only take some research, and the smart ones will pick the correct solution. This may date back to the early PC vs. Mac duality┬áthat began in the mid-80s. “Business” users felt like they …

High Hopes for 3 Technology Products

I recently got in-depth introductions to products that are not new but are not mature either. Each has an identity problem and is looking for a voice that can prove its value to an audience that does not know it needs it. In this American Land from Ellis Island to the Golden Gate, Education leaders …

Schools and Districts Need to Avoid Email Hell

I worked a good part of the weekend going through my nearly 500 emails that I was behind reading. By midnight Sunday, my inbox was empty. “Whoo Hoo,” I thought, I’m caught up and ready for a busy week with tech plans to write and issues to solve…. After a single day’s worth of meetings, …

Google and VMware joining forces is good for schools

This week Google and VMware announced a new strategic partnership. The interesting thing is that Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is already using Google and VMware as partners. We have purchased approximately 10,000 Chromebooks to promote Personalized Learning for our 35,000 students. For students, the Chromebooks, with their web-only interface, meet their needs for Blended …

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