When our two school districts merged into one this year, our computers were all locked down by the Technology Department. No control panel to manage your desktop settings, no installing your own printers or software, no downloads or updates from internet sites, etc.
As of this week, many teachers were still without printers as our meager handful of techs struggled valiantly to get to each school and install the drivers, and many were still waiting for the installation of software (disks that accompany our textbooks, speech software, electronic microscope and document camera software, etc.).
This week the Tech Dept relented a bit and declared an Open Computer Week! We’ve all been racing the clock grabbing programs like Google Earth and Photo Story 3, sending shortcuts to our desktop, and updating Adobe Reader and Flash.
Hooray for trusting teachers to manage their own computers!