I wanted to start blogging my experiences with trying to solve a problem that's way to big for me to tackle. I really have no business even attempting this, I would assume this has been examined by others - much smarter and more connected then myself. But I tell my students that if you don't try you will never make a difference - reminds me of that Margaret Mead quote "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it's the only thing that ever has." So I'm going to take a shot at it and see what happens.
First a few pleasantries - I'm the Ed Tech or Instructional Technology Coordinator for a 4,000 student school district in Northern California - Enterprise Elementary. I have a tendency to jump in feet first and do my best to innovate and move the conversation on education forward. Some people like it - others, not so much. Anyway - It started out with me sitting in a school board meeting last week and watching a video sent to us from one of our Elementary Schools 'Sister School' in Kenya.
Currently we are in the middle of a classroom technology upgrade, and if you know anything about California schools and what we call E-Waste, we need to take these computers and discard of them through a process called E-Waste. I won't bore you with the details, but my mind started to wonder, "How Might We take the computers that are too old for us, and get them to schools around the world that have NO Technology?" I mean, sure they are old for us, but if you have nothing - something is pretty great right?
So here is the thought - and I know there are a million reasons why this can't be done, but I'm not interested in that - "Let's Get These Devices Where They Can Be Used."
So this is the start of what my wife is always afraid will occupy my brain for a bit (don't worry I usually am on to something else if I hit a wall). But this one has stuck and I'm going to go for it.