Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Upgrading to SP 4.0

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Upgrading to SP 4.0

Article excerpt

As I prepared to upgrade my computer operating system software to Windows 7, 1 began to think about myjob of upgrading the software (a.k.a. my students) for their future work as school psychologists. Call me a computer geek but I think I see many parallels. With apologies to Microsoft...

It has always been my desire to prepare my students to be the latest and most versatile version of professional school psychologists. I will call them SP 4.0. But while I strive to install expanded and new features in SP 4.0, they have often encountered difficulties while trying to run at full capacity during field-testing. Many of my interns (and grads) quickly discover that they are operating within environments that are archaic, containing outdated software, fragmented hardware structures, and alongside earlier versions of SP! The danger of installing new software in old operating environments is well documented: high probability of software and hardware conflicts. These conflicts can render the new software nonoperational, or at least degrade the full features of the new software. Newer software has to reconfigure so much in order to work smoothly that soon, the new software become indistinguishable from the old software.

Here are some descriptions of SP versions that I (and my students) have encountered and potential areas for conflict.

I stress to my students that earlier SP versions are no less hard-working, dedicated, or less focused on their job, but they were developed in an earlier time when the developers had narrow purposes for the software (e.g. …

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