I’ve become shy in my use of the word “irony,” nowadays, what with the Grammarati so trigger happy in pointing out its misuse. So let’s just say that, as the word is commonly understood, my current situation is the very definition of ironic:
In less than a month, I’ll be making a case to the math department, then the leadership committee, and then the faculty for integrating 21st-century educational technology into our high school.
At a department meeting last week, talk came around to our currently under-utilized server space. Only three teachers on campus keep class pages, a statistic which we all thought was kind of a shame, given the tech resources we have sleeping on our couch over there.
So everyone’s like, let’s buy some more server space and some publishing software and hold an inservice on how to update HTML files and upload them.
At this point, long-time readers will have no trouble imagining my conflict. I know about these blog & wiki things y’all enthuse over so much. I have a good sense of my faculty and I know that buying traditional web publishing software and teaching our veterans how to use an FTP client would be the equivalent of hocking a loogie into a gale force wind. (I don’t update my own HTML content. It takes too long, even for a savvy kid born of bits-and-bytes like myself, and it can’t talk back to me.)
I know all these things but I’m so protective of my class time (see first link above) and so suspicious of technology for its own sake.
But I pipe up. I rattle off a few broad notes from Karl Fisch’s presentation. I tell them I can do us several turns better and easier than static HTML pages. I ask them for a release day to do my School 2.0 homework and outline a presentation.
After a couple days, they hook up a release day and tell me to have my presentation ready for the next staff meeting, and now here I am, bogged down in what may or may not be irony. You guys win. All of you.
So I’ve got Friday — all day Friday — to run through Drupal and Elgg. (Moodle‘s main page kinda grosses me out so I’ll be stepping lightly over there.) Over the course of the day, I’ll be poring over the text and comments of Eric’s Killer EdApp post. I’ll be revisiting Darren’s fine work integrating tech into his math classrooms. I’ll be soliciting thoughts from anyone willing to part with them.
To that end, here’s the personal ad:
SWM HWNP in search of content management system for LTR to enable:
If you find this premise even remotely interesting — a skeptic coming to terms with the object of his skepticism — I promise it’ll be much more than that. I’ve become obsessed by academic salesmanship lately and have, myself, been an extremely hard sell on this point. Please believe me, then, that the product of this month will be as accessible and jargon-free as any you’ve seen. For my own sake, it has to be. Also, given my nigh-romantic fixation on graphic design, it’ll be pretty if it’s anything.