RE: [WWWEDU] Massive Spamming
I'm sure most of you out there are doing this, but it probably bears
repeating. I don't generally join a public forum or register software with
my work email address (WWWEDU is an exception, but with no apparent cost). I
use a Hotmail account for this purpose, and folks can spam that account
within an inch of it's life for all I care - when it gets unbearable, I just
close it and open another. It does potentially reduce the credibility of my
presence on such forums (after all, anybody can claim to be a person of my
incredible stature and impeccable credentials on a Hotmail account ;-), but
it's a small price to pay.
My EDTECH account is, unfortunately, doomed to be public, but my
school account survives unscathed (knock on virtual wood).
Jeffrey L. Jones, District Technology Resource Teacher
Editor, TIPS - the FCPS Educational Technology E-zine
Fayette County Public Schools
"...Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic..."
- Arthur C. Clark
From: Jerrie Cheek [mailto:jcheek@...]
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 6:44 PM
Subject: Re: [WWWEDU] Massive Spamming
I am having the same problem....I've never received so much "junk" as I have
in the last four years of having this email address. It started about six
months ago and is getting to be a "pain in the neck."
Any advice, anyone????????????????
Jerrie S. Cheek
Instructional Technology Specialist
Educational Technology Center
Kennesaw State University
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- firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>I agree with Janice. You have to have both. If you do not have aThis is exactly what is happening in our district. My position was
>sufficient amoutn of "pure tech" folks -- those who can address the
>technical issues -- then the instructional technology support folks will
>spend all of their time addressing technical issues, or the computers
>will sit unusable.
originally designed to be more in the realms of technology integration,
however, I spend a far greater percentage of each day dealing with
technical issues, software, networking, etc., etc. We don't have much in
the way of technical assistance, and since we (technology facilitators)
have been relatively effective in this arena, the district hasn't seen the
need to hire more technicians to alleviate this burden. And, now that we
might be pulled from our campus (two buildings) assignments, teachers will
have far less immediate support, both technical and curricular. And it
seems we have just begun to make some progress! Through a great deal of
effort to build relationships through teaming, modeling and good old basic
hand-holding, we have been able to create some inroads with teachers who
have started to use technology more on their own. Some of them are more
capable and adventurous - these teachers will probably continue to explore
the possibilities that technology can provide. Others will quit once they
reach a stumbling block with no help available to them as needed. Then,
there are the ones who are still "watching" to see if technology will fail
(many hoping that it will!) before they will be willing to try anything. I
fear that these teachers, who have yet to buy in to the idea of
integrating technology with curriculum, will be much more difficult to
convince once their onsite technical/integration support is removed.
The process of change is long and arduous. Many people don't trust
technology due to the fact that it changes constantly. They feel they
can't ever reach a level of comfort before something else changes, and
they are soon frustrated and give up, without help. We have people who get
upset when a desktop's appearance changes or when a web site reorganizes
and the links or pages are not in the same place they were the last time!
Only those who have made the leap to relying on technology as an integral
part of teaching and learning, and are willing to stay on top of changes
will remain self-sufficient and accept the challenges with more limited
support. Unfortunately, we have too few of these trailblazers! I'm afraid
we would be pulling the plug too soon on everyone else if we eliminate the
onsite support they currently depend on.
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."
- J.C. Maxwell
Glenda E. Fahey
New Lenox School District #122
102 S. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451