Monthly Archives: October 2014

My Prediction about the Storage revolution just proved true!

Back in June 2014, I blogged about the Storage revolution:

Read the Blog (click here)…

I predicted one of the main impacts of The Storage Revolution would be:

– Free storage – you should be able to find and utilize all the free storage available online.  Storage will become so free, you will have to chose the most reliable provider for your data – price will no longer be a factor.

Well, not to take credit, but good ole’ Mr. Softie just stuck a dagger to the heart of any pay-for cloud storage with this:

Read about Microsoft OneDrive (click here)

Well, it’s not quite free, but it’s unlimited, and you can see what’s coming next.

Bungled Ed Tech program takes its biggest victim…

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has just fallen victim of a crime that is being re-enacted in schools all over the nation.

Read in LA Times (click here)

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The rush to provide 1:1 tech devices without clear curriculum basis, or security is being identified as one of the primary causes for Deasy’s resignation.

LAUSD’s $1.3 billion dollar iPad rollout not only put a halt on many 1:1 programs nationwide (as it should have) but it also shines a broader light across technology programs as a whole.  You (district Ed Tech and IT Directors) better have your infrastructure, device management, and professional development formalized and implemented before purchasing the devices and handing them to kids.

1:1 Initiatives are inherently device-based.  Districts and Ed Tech Departments need to direct their focus on Standards and Instruction, wherein technology devices are merely enabling tools.

By defining technical needs from a disciplinary and grade-level approach, the Ed Tech department can insure all initiatives are based on curriculum goals.

Read more in our new book available later this month:

VISION – the first critical step to developing a strategy for educational technology.

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Fine tune your school’s bond program…

Many school districts are feeling the heat these days over district bond funds being used for technology.  In the past decade, most school bond programs were primarily facilities construction and modernization programs – where technology was maybe 8-10% of the overall monies.

But more recent school bond programs, especially here in California, have allowed for increasing amounts of general obligation bond funds to be used for technology – including end-user devices.

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But it doesn’t take an economist to ask the question, what’s the total payout when you pay for an iPad over 30 years?  Worse yet, a capital appreciation bond – like that used at Poway Unified, relies on property values increasing, and doesn’t service the debt (principal or interest) for the first half of the forty (yes 40) year term.

Newer bond programs – like one I am working on now – will match bond terms with the type of investments keeping the payback ratio below 2.  Here’s an example of how this might look.

Type                                     Example                          Term      

Facilities                               New Buildings               20-30 years

Tech Infrastructure            Network / Wireless      7 – 10 years

Devices                                Tablets, Laptops           1 – 3 years