Which of your current endeavors are you most passionate about? What is the biggest challenge you face?
Although priorities change over time, right now I am most passionate about encouraging additional community anchor institutions such as public libraries, museums and science centers to join Network Nebraska and to have them collaborate and share their digital and real-time content with K-20 education.
The biggest challenge I face is getting Network Nebraska participants to "think big" with respect to future applications and uses of the statewide network.
Who inspires you these days?
I am inspired by the dozens of education technology staff from school districts, educational service units and colleges from across Nebraska who have unselfishly volunteered their time and expertise to advise us and assist us on the design and implementation of this network. This is truly an unselfish public partnership and federation for the common good.
Imagine a world where you are unconstrained by bandwidth. How would it change what you do and the people you serve?
Ninety-nine percent of Nebraska's school districts and 100% of the public colleges ARE connected with scalable high bandwidth, terrestrial fiber running fast Ethernet. With Nebraska's post-Erate cost of Internet access at about $1.80/Mbps/month off the state contract, it's more a matter getting the local technology coordinators to "loosen up" their local area networks so that Web 2.0 and other high bandwidth applications can find their way into the hands of teachers and students. That being said, as the demand for Internet and video grows, so does our shared backbone, which is a Network Nebraska function.
You are in an elevator. How would you describe what you do?
I work on statewide technology funding, technology policy and infrastructure development for K-12 and higher education, public and private. My job is to get K-12 and higher education working together to develop shared technology services and to make sure that entities' needs are being met on Network Nebraska. I am a tireless advocate for higher bandwidth networking for community anchor institutions.
As an educational technologist, what "keeps you up at night"?
I would say that my major concern is witnessing the seemingly slow rate by which technology innovations are embraced and implemented at the local level. It's hard to rush the human acceptance of change. Sometimes you just need to plant seeds and wait for them to grow.