I belong to an invite-only listerv for New York City independent school technology folks. It is a wonderful resource - and especially fantastic as a sounding board for all things technological and school.
Recently, a question was asked to allow vendors onto the list. The question was batted around a bit, and I don’t think there is a resolution. I personally don’t like the idea of a vendor on this specific list, but I might be open to flagging their posts with [VENDOR] in the subject line.
When I make decisions, I need good advice, and I rely on ideas and suggestions from my peers. Like many people, I evaluate products, read specifications, and read ratings. But the advice I get from my peers, who have similar support systems, similar budgets, and similar headaches is truly invaluable. We recently had an interesting discussion about evaluating the educational effectiveness of smartboard; I wonder how a smartboard vendor would of contributed to that discussion? We also regularly share the reputation of certain vendors, and our experience with different technology solutions.
Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 (10 years, 8 months, and 2 weeks ago). Posted in: Educational Tech Support