Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Technology Penalty

You have no doubt noticed that in educational technology there is a "technology penalty."

Where others can prepare a lesson, unit, training module, or lecture and then spend minimal time updating the information or skills presented - educational technologists, such as, the IDT faculty, also have to keep updating the technology/computer side of things.

New software versions come out that must be learned. New computer operating systems like OSX and Vista require more time to be spent. Then the actual work that was previously completed has to be redone to fit the new software or systems.

We often fall into the "don't change" mode because of the extra time required. But we do change and a great deal of that precious commodity is spent again - time!

Finally, someone has written about this in a readable succinct manner. Dr. Royal Van Horn, professor of education at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, wrote Technology: The Technology Penalty in the Phi Delta Kappan journal. You can find this article at

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Another Apple White Paper - Innovation in Education

Apple has another white paper available for download - Innovation in Education
Enter your contact information and it will take you to a download link. The paper discusses the advantages of using the Apple's new Intel-based Mac computers.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Rob Curley at ESU - April 6, 2007

Rob Curley, Vice-President, Product Development, Washington Post/Newsweek (and ESU alumnus) will be on campus on April 6, 2007. His speaking schedule is below.
Sessions are free and open to the public.
To quote Dr. Jim Stephens (ESU School of Business), "His ideas go beyond newspapers to all virtual communication, to the future of electronic communication, and raises issues about how communities share information."
His bio. can be found at
2007 Entrepreneurial Distinguished Lecturer
Rob Curley
Vice-President, Product Development, Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive
9:00-11:00 a.m. Presentation, 118 Visser Hall,
"Creating interactive newspaper sites and advertising models that make them profitable ."
Open to the campus and Emporia community

1:00-2:00 p.m. Information technology issues related to interactive newspapers and the skill set and mental attitude needed to operate in this changing communication process..
Cremer Hall, Roe R. Cross Room
2:30:3:30 p.m. Social and communication issues related to interactive communication and the impact on new forms of electronic communication have on people and society.
Cremer Hall, Roe R. Cross Room

Using Palm devices with Vista?

Interested in using Palm devices with Vista? I found this.
Looks like what you need to know.

At this point, moving to Pocket PC might be the best solution for use with Vista? - at least until Palm does some development (with apologies to Dr. Foyle and Dr. Kasnic).