Equipment List

Developing the equipment list for a Technology Education program is a critical part of the program’s success. Everyone has heard the expression “A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.” For many of the programs I have seen, that weakest link is the equipment. The goal of this page is to share with you what we have done to not only cut costs on equipment, but provide the most relevant and highest quality materials and equipment for my students to work with.

Listed below are the points covered in this section of the site and a brief explanation of what can be found if you follow the links.

Tips on Developing the Equipment List

Go to Tips

This section of the site will give you a brief history on how the equipment list was developed for the program behind BrainBuffet and what we learned in the process. It will cover budgeting, instructor input, and industry involvement.

Recommended Hardware and Software

Go to Recommendations

This page is a list of hardware and software that I personally recommend (and some I think should be avoided) to provide your students with the most up-to date, relevant, and high quality learning experiences in your program. It comes from years in industry and the classroom, and takes funding into consideration. You’ll probably be surprised at how much you can save by NOT using “educational” packages and software- and how much more students learn and retain.

Pumpkins and Princesses

Go to Pumpkins and Princesses

This page is a brief story about why I feel so strongly about using problem solving and professional, industry standard tools rather than educational software and canned curriculum. It’s not just about saving money. This is the story of the one primary event that completely changed the way I teach Technology Education. I’m not saying that my way is the only way, but this story explains why my way is my way.

2 Comments

  1. Ted Jahn

    Hello,

    Your website is impressive! Thanks for making it available.

    Does your school or district place limitations on your use of an “outside” website? Here in Clay County (FL), the school district discourages the use of websites that are not under district control (meaning physical machines owned and operated by the district). That issue is exacerbated by server space restrictions on the district WAN (no individual teachers are allowed server resources for websites). Within our district WAN, teachers are not granted administrative rights to the machines or labs that they use.

    Have you encountered anything like this kind of a situation and, if so, how have you dealt with it?

    Regards,

    Ted

    • Schwartz

      Can you drop this in the FAQ?? You can use BrainBuffet in class, right?? I’m not sure I understand the limits you are under. “Discourages” does not equal “prohibits.” If it’s not a written policy, it’s not enforcable. Check the actual policy language, they may just be naysayers (Unfortunately too many of those in IT departments for education). I have been in a similar county with similar rules. My personal policy and practice is to just do what’s best for the kids and ethical. Make positive news and they’ll support you. Never ask permission. IT always says no. Don’t give them the chance. 🙂 Go undercover and just do it. Or go above their heads… I actually ended up going to the school board to present/speak (gripe), and things changed in the county. You’ve got to be doing good things though!

      If that doesn’t work, send me your stuff and I’ll host it for you!!! 🙂

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