Author Archives: tdeprato

How to Help Your Dude Named Ben

If you are not aware, “A Dude Named Ben” refers to the generic and often ignored systems administrators who work at/in organizations. When the IRS lost all their emails, they claimed total ignorance, and had no idea who their tech … Continue reading

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Google Apps vs Office 365 : The Simplest Answer You Will Eventually Read

I have traveled to many places on the planet Earth. I have been in deserts, jungles, various oceans, in the frigid cold of Eastern Europe, and the unbearable summers of the Arabian Gulf. I have found that sometimes I encounter … Continue reading

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Stopping Entitlement Part II : The Gaming Matrix for Earning Technology at School

Not long ago I wrote a post concerning a new plan for managing when and how students access technology. This plan is based-on a boarding school model, where year 6-10 go home on the weekends, while the older students stay … Continue reading

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What Education Technology People Know About Curriculum and Why You Should Listen

I often find myself in meetings about curriculum projects. I am usually invited to either share my thoughts on the technology components or explain the technology options for tracking the curriculum. Sometimes the topic is sharing resources and making sure … Continue reading

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Are You Planning a Maker Space?

I was having a conversation with a tech director from another school , and we were discussing budgets and resources. The amounts were fairly staggering for bandwidth, subscriptions, and network support for content management and VPN. Shortly after the conversation, I started … Continue reading

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Not the Best, Not the Worst, and Getting the Job Done

I was reading an article on Slashdot, by far my favorite website. The Slashdot posting linked to this original article, The programming talent myth. The article discusses this perception that programmers are either rock-star-ninjas or barely able to string to strings … Continue reading

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Office 365 for Education, What You Need to Know and Don’t Want to Hear

I have been using various versions of Microsoft education solutions since 2007. I am also quiet adept at developing online Sharepoint solutions for business processes, writing custom scripts to make accessing Microsoft resources easier, and by-passing much of the fake … Continue reading

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2015 – Bad IT Planning is Still Going Strong

Consider this question: If you want to run an event, start a new curriculum, communicate better with organisational stakeholders, audit for efficiency, train a group of people economically, or simply show a movie to a large group of people, would … Continue reading

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Stopping Entitlement & The Arbitrary Security

This is one of those posts that I may regret writing in a few months. It is more of a plan than a post, and a plan I intend to sell with significant confidence. Starting in the fall, when students … Continue reading

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Reflecting On: “9 truths that computer programmers know that most people don’t.” ~by Macleod Sawyer

This week I read a post called, “9 truths that computer programmers know that most people don’t.“, by Macleod Sawyer . Below is a summary of Mr. Sawyer’s nine points about programmers and programming, and by the way, he is 17 … Continue reading

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