As a person who never runs out of opinions, but has always had a challenge getting them down in a blog post, I’m thrilled to be part of Blogging Idol. I’ve been a sporadic blogger over the years, but have recently resolved to make it a part of my regimen. My latest endeavor is Turning Technology Invisible.
It’s not that I think I have anything brilliant to say, but it has been the snippets of thought and statements from colleagues, books, and speakers at conferences that has influenced my thinking over the years. Blogging is another medium that will allow IT leaders to share and learn from each other.
I’ve been in the engineering and technology world for a few years, most recently as the CIO of an independent school in Oakville, ON, where I’ve been challenged with developing and implementing a technology model to support the delivery of 21st century education to 21st century learners. While small, we are sophisticated, and this place is an ideal “skunk works” to change the way technology is delivered in education.
I’ve also had the pleasure of leading great IT teams at both Sheridan College, where over 5000 of the 15,000 full time students were in a mobile computing program, and at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where we built a brand new medical school based on a completely distributed platform – students and faculty were located hundreds of miles apart and collaborative technology (voice, video and data) were used extensively.
Over the years, I’ve developed a few scars and calluses from bringing technology enabled change. I’m delighted for the opportunity to share with you. Blogging Idol will create the impetus for me to blog regularly.