Hey, y'all, I'm Shelley, and I am a storyteller and a matchmaker, both by inclination and profession. At this point in my life, that means that I work as a college counselor in an independent school in New Jersey's Delaware Valley (USA). I spend my autumns coaching essay-writing, my winters modeling and preaching patience and perspective, my springs getting to know a new group of students as I help them get to know themselves, and my summers falling in serial platonic crush with each of my rising seniors as I write letters in support of their candidacy for university admission. I sometimes blog about my work at http://relaxnoreally.blogspot.com. At home, I am happily partnered and the mother of an inspiringly curious 6 year-old. Those hijinks are chronicled at http://butwait.blogspot.com and a list of my current fave e-learning toys tools is here: http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/shelleykrause.html
Thanks, Steve... seems like this is going to be a great place to hang out and learn. Thanks, too, for the ups on my list... I think Jane's really got a good thing going on with that project. (http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100.html)
Daniel Nicholson from Atlanta, Ga. I am a former Corp I.T. manager who recently made the jump to Educational Technology. I work for a smaller school system who is VERY tech challenged.
Tons of cutting edge tech but poor implementation and no technology plan or vision. I am looking to collaborate with other professionals.
Like you, I made a jump from the corporate world to the education world. I think you will find some like-minded folks here at CR 2.0. One piece of advice I can give you is not to expect things will run the way they did in the corporate field. They should, but usually don't. I've found I have to suggest, advocate for, and push the big things, but focus on the small things that make a difference in the day-to-day lives of students and staff. They have to see the reason why using the technology is worth it to meet needs. The work will pay off in time!