I am currently working on the following, having just returned from a a two-week absence from school.
- Determine what site license to purchase for Adobe Creative Suite CS5
- Grant parent website privileges to recently admitted families
- Create website scripts to better track summer workstation maintenance and employee transitions
- Teach Facebook fan pages and Scratch to fourth and fifth grade classes
- Finalize summer project list
- Re-launch our collection of “computer help” articles
- Prepare for a school administration discussion of “just in time” tech support
- Continue work on our admission website tools
- Analyze upper school laptop survey results
- Follow senior project blogs
- Give the department’s iPad a spin
I don’t think that I will attend any ed-tech conferences this summer. I did not attend any this academic year, either. I have grown a little weary of the ed-tech bubble, in which discussions rarely focus on teaching and learning, which should be the main topic of any education conversation. We also had a bit of a slow year of conferences in Portland, relative to last year.
While away, I coordinated a tour for the Maru-a-Pula Marimba Band from my old employer in Botswana. I feel lucky to have spent two weeks with these remarkable children and their teachers. Here is a taste from one of our school performances.