Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Grabbing Technology by the Tail

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Grabbing Technology by the Tail

Article excerpt

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to write for T.H.E. Journal. In my tenure as editor-in-chief of Converge magazine, I traveled the world meeting outstanding individuals in all levels of education and observing the successes they achieved using technology. These experiences over the last six years helped shape my certainty about the power of technology, properly implemented, to redefine the practice and future of education.

My purpose for this column, "Making Life Easier," is to help introduce ideas, people and advances that, in the end, will help you understand how to use technology to more easily achieve your goals, overcome your obstacles and allow you to leave the legacy you are working so hard to create.

A few weeks ago I was working on a special project that required I buy and learn how to use a scanner and optical character recognition (OCR) software. I was asked to help produce, on a very tight timeline, a CD that included more than 20 magazine articles that only existed as hard copies (some articles being as much as 15 pages in length). To complete the project on time, I had to find and learn the needed technology, then instruct others on what to do. I must admit I approached this project with some, all right, a lot of trepidation. But, I knew I could do it. After all, for the past 15 years I had been very much involved in high-tech as a consultant, writer, educator and editor-in-chief of a magazine on education and technology.

A Little Luck Goes a Long Way

Setting up the scanner and loading the software was fast and easy, which made me believe that the project was going to be a breeze. But I was very wrong, and soon found out the project was going to be a hurricane.

The manual that came with the software was horrible, and I could not figure out how to get the software to work properly. However, being familiar with a variety of software applications, I was somewhat hopeful that I could get it to work without the help of the manual--wrong again.

I spent hours trying to create a Word document by scanning in two and three column articles with tables, call outs, sidebars and photos, and then reformatting the material to meet the specifications needed for the CD. I struggled with the manual, going through the various menus, guessing, praying, cursing, threatening and even screaming (you may have heard me), but I could not figure out how to get the software to meet my needs. …

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