Today’s Ypulse Interview is with Mark Weston, national education strategist for Dell and a key team member of the brand’s recently launched online education community Dell Ed4U.
Dell is this year’s sponsor for the Totally Wired Teacher Award for which we have received hundreds (!!) of nominations of amazing teachers from all over the country. Thank you to all who submitted and for those who haven’t had a chance, the final deadline for nominations is this Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m PST.
Mark Weston: Listening to customers is a deeply rooted and highly valued trait in the Dell culture. So, when many, many educators began raising the same issues about educational technology—enhancing instruction, increasing learning, real world relevancy, change management—we recognized that the time had arrived for Dell of create an interactive space for them to explore, engage, and exchange ideas, practices, and findings. Edu4u is that space.
YP: What do you see as the biggest challenges educators face when attempting to integrate technology into the classroom in meaningful ways?
MW: As we listen to educators and analyze the literature, we find that the challenge of integrating technology into classroom practice most often relates to cost, complexity, and user competence. Resolving these issues is a top priority for my colleagues and me at Dell. That is why some of the best minds in education and technology are contributing to Edu4u. They are also working within Dell to develop solutions—products, processes, professional development—that minimize the technological challenges educators too often face.
YP: Do you have some quick tips for how teachers can start to introduce technology into the…