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Unraveling Standards

Last Friday I had the occasion to speak with someone from the IT service desk here in the overly-large school district.

My problem had to do with the email system (we are saddled with Outlook) and the fact that it was not finding someone in the global address book who I know should be there.  In the course of the conversation I happened to mention that I was using Outlook 2011 on a Mac, something that should have had no relevance to the matter

I thought the person on the other end of the phone was going to collapse as he anxiously recited the standard IT script about “unsupported technology” and “cannot be responsible” and began trying to extract himself from the conversation.

I wonder how IT is going to handle the shock this fall when students in some of our schools are allowed and encouraged to bring their own devices, some (maybe many) of which will carry the dredded Apple logo and run an OS not named Windows, but all of which will need to connect to our network and work with various elements on it.

Kinda puts a kink in the concept of only supporting a “standard platform”.


  1. Susan

    We are already trying to adjust the OC to the “change”. We saw a lot this summer with the non handshake of IPad and Bb. More kids are on Macs, and we have realized on our end that WE need to change. GASP….i may even buy one!

  2. Caroline

    (See Broad info below) All my kids have Macs. I’ve had one since Lisa. They cost far less in the longrun (my old Quadra has never crashed.) They are easy to use, sync with many things, and are now accessible at the roots. There is no way we’re going to pad Bill Gates’ Xanadu with our dollars. That his Foundation is turning school systems into tiny Windows Operating Systems (in more ways than one), is another reason to shun these. He does NOT GET that you cannot punch out children from assembly lines like you can Intel chips. He does many good things in the world, like trying to eradicate diseases. But he should stay out of education and leave that to people who cherish children as sui generis. … FCPS must get with the “program(s).” But it is not known for thinking outside its self-created boxes. … This won’t change until we get a new superintendent who hasn’t bought into the truly scary Broad Superintendent’s Academy philosophy: http://www.broadacademy.org/ . Read about this blog and ask if these people are who you want to run our schools: http://thebroadreport.blogspot.com/

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