19 November 2007

Send in the Clones

Dilbert, via Assorted Stuff, (who declined to name the Mordac of his district):

Like most districts, we have our own Mordac. There are actually several people filling the role here. There are the hard-core techs who speak the programming language and are the true gatekeepers of the filter. There is someone (The Face) who responds to teacher inquiries---most often with a "No." and someone who serves as a go-between for the techs and The Face. The overall impression is that their jobs are there to make sure no one has access to technology, much like Dilbert faces in the workplace. Technology is their own private playground. The overall attitude is "How dare teachers and students think they should have access to it, too!"

It makes me sad that so many of our students are ready for the next steps in technology---and are light years ahead of their teachers---but those teachers who are ready to move with them are instead giving up. (HappyChyck is the latest casualty). How do we expect to help prepare kids for the world they will be walking into when it's full of Mordac clones?


Mike in Texas said...

We also have a Mordac. He has decreed this year that all computers will have a program called DeepFreeze. Basically, any changes you make to a computer, like saving a file to it, downloading a program, saving a "favorite" are all erased when you turn the computer off.

I, as a lowly science and technology instructor, are not to be trusted with the password to unlock this program and make changes to the computer, despite the fact I wrote the grant that purchased ALL of the computers in my school's computer lab. Now I have to fill out an online work order (try that when your computer doesn't work), and wait till the one technician who has access rights, has the time to unfreeze them.

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Our IT guy is a former math teacher from our first (of four) high schools. Mordac he's not. The guy is buff, looks more like a coach than a geek, and is plugged in on all levels from the classroom to the admin center.

He has a grand vision of where we can go with good teaching and the wise application of technology.

Only problem is money. Never enough for tech!

Adams has it cold for the average school IT guy, though. My sympathies. ;)

Hugh aka Repairman