I just saw the NAIS ning on the listserv. My first thought was, "oh no, not another place to keep up with!" Twitter, Google Reader, blogs, this ning, Open PD,and now diigo--I'm not sure I can handle another group:)
Hi, Demetri - It took me a LONG time to get back to ISEnet. Your original question to me was about laptops in our Upper School - the kids use either Lenovo ThinkPads or MacBooks. This year's 9th grade was the first year where MacBooks outnumbered ThinkPads. Some of our faculty use tablets, but as a dual platform school I don't think it's fair to offer an option that only exists in one OS, so I'm waiting for the the iPhone equivalent of the MacBook - the iMacBook?
Wow! Really? That is so cool that you were at NCS. SO few people know about it and I think it is so incredibly special. I knew I recognized your name and that must be it....must have seen it in one of their alum mags. Don Rand is still there, I see....AMAZING!!
Demetri, thank you. I am clear that an integrous, designed community of a school can re-arrange peer pressure in the serrvice of responsiblity. The prep school I attended is a case in point. The school culture, most notably a comprehensive work program, caused a major shift in the observable nature of peer pressure at the school. Youth culture and peer pressure are such, that it takes a strong force of will to interrupt it. And for sure, it can be done. That which interrupted the status quo of peer pressure became a source of pride among students at the time, and later a really intense source of pride for alumni.
Demetri, glad you enjoyed the podcast. We're honored to have it linked here, thanks. I would love to think about how the kids could contribute to the NAIS conference. Our school is closing for a full day so that every faculty member can attend teacher day.
Are you working on the conference? Do you have ideas for where the kids might fit? My head of school used to work for NAIS, so she's knows a lot about what's going on. Let me know if you have more thoughts for how it might work.
Yes....sort of..... Here's the short version. When I came to the school in 1999, the then IT director and I co-managed Media, the Educational Technology Group (including select library, media and IT folks), and generally plotted, planned, and implemented an information commons (based on some higher ed models we liked.) Fast forward to fall of 2005: NMH, previously a two-campus school, consolidated onto one campus, halving our student body, faculty ranks, etc. Most of the IT department moved into the library building. However IT department, under different leadership and responding to consolidation issues, began a shift from a visionary role to a maintenance one. Recently, we lost our IT director to cancer. The interim director, from the IT ranks, is keeping things going. An IT director search provides the opportunity to reassess and rekindle the IT/Library collaboration regarding academic technology.
I was thinking of posting a Discussion to see who was attending NAIS in NY to see if there was interest in a get-together for dinner or drinks. Then I thought that might be your job, as our super host... :)