ezTask Blog: All things technology!
Quality
Mar 27 2013 - 02:07:00 pm
There is no substitute for quality, and, for the most part, quality is recognized and appreciated. In a surgeon, no one wants a renaissance man. The last thing you want to hear is, "Yeah, I guess I can do that." Clearly, that would indicate that this doctor was not concerned with quality. He isn't worried about how well he can execute this unfamiliar procedure, he just knows that he knows enough to not take your life in the process. Same goes for any type of handyman. You don't want your plumbing team to look at each other with a shoulder shrug and reply "I guess we can."

What you want is a specialist. You want someone who does one or two things really, really well. Ideally, you want a person who has dedicated their life to making sure they can do one thing with the utmost skill and care. 

We do two things: K-12 websites, and local government websites, and we do those two things really well. We are often asked to provide alternative services with the resources we have, but we politely decline. At ezTask, we would rather provide you with an outstanding one or two things than with a mediocre range of products and services. After all, we respect renaissance men; however we would rather have electricians wire our light fixtures. But that's just us. 
As a Parent, You Understand.
Mar 20 2013 - 12:39:00 pm
As a parent, you understand.  As a child, you wander off at the grocery store, and five minutes later, they're calling your name over the intercom. You don't how how your fascination with Hot Wheels turned into a frustrated frenzy. As a parent, you understand.

You're 17, you're riding free with your friends, and you were out a couple hours later than you had discussed with your parents. You don't understand why they turned the neighborhood upside down in a frantic panic to find you. As a parent, you understand.

You want to know what's going on with your kids. You love them, you want them to succeed, you worry about them. Beyond the obvious academic advantages of online learning, teacher websites connect parents to the classroom and provide peace of mind. They foster involvement, encourage volunteering and participation, and they provide an invaluable communication tool between parents and teachers, all for the benefit of the student.

As a parent, you understand.
Invention and Progress
Mar 13 2013 - 09:37:00 am
We're all about technology. We love the way it moves us forward and each day (it seems like) we can do something easier or more efficiently than we could do it yesterday. Inventors are heroes of the past, present, and future, and we believe the esteem in which they are held is more than deserved.

Take a look at this fascinating infographic. It's called "10 World Expo Inventions That Will Blow Your Mind". Had Thomas Edison never pursued the phonograph, we never would have gotten the gramophone from Emile Berliner. Had it not been for these two men, playing back recorded sound would not be possible. Can you imagine a world with no musical recordings? Movies forever in silence? Without the boldness of Edison and Berliner and the subsequent progress, Steve Jobs would have missed out on half of his technological empire -- iTunes and the iPod. Furthermore, we never would have had the pleasure of listening to Les Paul and Mary Ford. 

Teachers and parents: encourage persistence, creativity, and boldness in students. Each time our world is enhanced by an invention, everyone benefits. Encourage education and growth, but don't forget that each child is unique; not all are cut out for university. The main idea here is imagination. Encourage children to explore and create -- they truly hold our future!
Teaching Social Media
Mar 06 2013 - 10:39:00 am
We often talk about the risks and benefits of social media, and we're aware of both the danger and the potential good of the tool. We've discussed using social media in the classroom, but here's a great article on how recreational and personal use of social media can differ from a collaborative or group learning effort. Teachers use social media because it's a way to access our kids on their playing field; they're already using it, and "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"...for educational purposes. But we can't expect them to know how to censor their usage. Kids share everything on all the major outlets -- how can we get them to use their beloved sites for learning, rather than just for social? 

While we're talking about it, go ahead and check out this printable guide to social media infographic -- it may spark your thoughts about how kids are using social media vs. it's potential benefits in the classroom, and how to talk about the difference.

Happy Hump Day!