Vroom…

Sorry for the dearth of posts, but we’ve been busy.  We’re in the final approach to land the ’09-’10 school year.

Best quote I heard this week from a colleague: “Our work is cyclical.  We do it again and again.  In working with kids, we have a tendency to want to rush ahead, but we have to remember that for each them, it’s always the first time.”

As noted, we’re plowing ahead on Veracross cut over this July, cut over to a new 100 mbit fiber this summer, launching a rather large SharePoint 2010 server (with web apps), starting up a centralized document management system with SharePoint, improving security on wireless, setting up a tablet pc pilot program, wasting time with iPads, and dreaming of Summer 2011, when we might be able to take some time off.

Cycling home after work, it’s time for a cognitive break, but instead we spend hours looking for a new flat because our landlord is bouncing us out of home of three years because he needs to move back in.  Thus, we need a new place by the end of July, and it isn’t easy to find a good three-bed flat in North London at the moment.  Also, after three years of third floor walk-up living with a cramped kitchen, we dream of ground floor flats with private gardens and superior ease of getting a bicycle out to ride.

So we dream on, study flat listings the instant they appear, and hope not to end up on the streets.  If need be, we’ll sail SR up the Thames and live aboard for a while at St. Katherine Docks.

Summer plans?  We don’t need no summer plans…  Basically, we have many expensive plane tickets bought to fly the USA place, but now all is up in the air since we have to move.  Ugh.  Could be a long summer.

Son turned back in his seventh grade laptop yesterday, and he feels fine about it.  I actually consider that a small victory.  I had a good talk with an Australian 1:1 expert yesterday (1000 student laptops, starting back in 1995), and it surprised me how so much of our tech planning is now about working on “balanced” technology use.  Yes, that was the theme of the ECIS Tech Conference we held two years ago, but it’s still the main question.  I’ve seen burn out, I’ve seen sometimes too much use, but what’s really needed is a good, healthy balance of digital info-loading, sharing, creation and enjoying the company of others, being challenged by nature, and sometimes just sitting in the sun.

Without the balance, the tools make no sense, since the ideas still come from us.  John Cleese stated this well.

Okay, time to get outside, or start packing boxes, one of the two…

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