Author Archives: tdeprato

Start At the Wall

Holidays are a very interesting time if you work in technology leadership or support. Ideally, people want to have some time-off. Therefore, making a list of essential projects to finish starts months before the holiday plans. Then a list of … Continue reading

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Freedom VS Structure

I left it alone. Everyone was using it. Everyone had the permissions needed to customize their space. So I left it alone. I set some guidelines. I spoke to everyone about best practice. I even made exemplars and samples so … Continue reading

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Have You Tried Turning It On and Off Again – Have you said ‘Thank You’ recently?

As the holiday season approaches, it is time for everyone to stop using their smart phones, close down the browser windows, smash their Apple Watches with a ball-peen hammer, and take a walk. Walk down the hall, through the courtyard, … Continue reading

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Behaviour, Non-Negotiables, and Devices

I had a meeting recently about some behaviour issues related to students using iPads. These meetings are not unusual for me, or anyone who manages technology. For that matter, this is common for anyone working in education. Students have “things” and … Continue reading

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Lesson Plans : Essential and Often Forgotten

Last week was a transition point in the year. After introducing a new position at the campus, my time has finally be able to shift away from pure technology, and back to educational technology. This has been a struggle for … Continue reading

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How to Teach Programming

This week on IT Babble the Podcast Edition, you will hear Patrick and I discuss this topic that was posted on Slashdot.org: Revisiting Why Johnny Can’t Code: Have We “Made the Print Too Small”? Any one claiming that programming is related … Continue reading

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Some people have 10 years of experience. Other people have 1 year of experience 10 times.

Some people have 10 years of experience. Other people have 1 year of experience 10 times, I wish this were my quote. However, it came from a source on Slashdot – which I always recommend everyone read a few times … Continue reading

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Browse This My Way- Low Tech & Free Browser Standards Implementation

Without directly managing software on student laptops, sometimes it is frustrating to implement simple standards, such as, which browser should students use. I decided to take the simplest approach possible and consider users on Apple laptops, Windows, and iOS devices. … Continue reading

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Your School’s Wikipedia…Did you write it? Are you sure?

We have all been there. Normal day at work. Focusing on something we feel is important. Then, the call comes in. Something has been, or is in the process of being, hacked. What? You haven’t been there? Well there is … Continue reading

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Support vs Service: Technology and Everything Else

Currently, my main leadership role is in technology. One thing I have begun to notice and understand is that there are two dominant perspectives among people with regard to the department of technology: Support and Service. In a school, the later … Continue reading

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