Can technology directors be as reactionary as other professionals working in education? Most of us, I believe, have the reputation for doing our best to push the envelope, to create change, to foment revolution in our schools. Or at least educational technology writers and popular speakers at technology conferences would lead one to that conclusion. But at heart, might we “techies” be deeply resistant to change as well?
I get this feeling most strongly when I hear about technology departments raising barriers rather than creating possibilities about new resources especially when the objections seem rather spurious (security of GoogleApps, bandwidth for YouTube, predators on Facebook, licensing of Skype, etc.). Are the concerns real or are they raised to keep technology departments from doing something different, jeopardizing our roles, responsibilities, control, and budget?