Rick Schwier joined our EC&I 831 class tonight and provided a personal journey through the history of educational technology.  We travelled from the early Greek to the present day. In particular the more recent past has shown a shift in epistemology from the individual (objectivism to cognitivism to constructivism) to the group (collective constructionsim <Schwierism> and social learning).  Thanks for the insights, Rick.  
Our group conversation migrated to the disconnects that can happen between the tech department in school districts and what teachers are trying to accomplish.  This may be, or already is, the great debate, right after the money debate.  I would like to weigh in on this great debate.  
I would propose that the role of the technical leader is both simple and complex.  The simplistic view:  to provide every learner with access to the needed technology.  The complex view:  do so in a cost-effective, reliable, secure and sustainable way.  How does one balance these potentially competing viewpoints?  
I believe that by working together (teaching and IT professionals), creating a shared vision (how about all learners will have access to the technology they need to participate and create knowledge in the 21st century?), and focusing on learning outcomes enabled by technology the balance can be achieved.  Technology is and should be an enabler.  No,  the corporate model does not work out of the box.  But let them help each other to maximize their contributions to student learning. That will require a deep and open conversation.

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