Friday, January 15, 2010

Serve Like It Is 1998

Ah, perhaps one rumor explained.

We are calling on educators and web professionals to join our new effort – the 2010 MLK Day Technology Challenge. The purpose is simple: to connect schools and non-profits that have technology needs, including skills training and mentorship, with web professionals, developers, graphic designers and new media professionals who are willing to volunteer their skills for the common good.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” We ask that you answer his call in 2010 by participating in the MLK Technology Challenge.

Typical projects include:

  • Refurbish computers for schools
  • Teach students how to use popular software or online services
  • Build a database for a nonprofit
  • Help out in your school’s computer lab
  • Become an online mentor for students across the country

If I call bullshit on this, does that make me a bad person?

If the federal government, especially given the role technology plays in its own education strategy, does not think IT in schools is professionalized enough to do this stuff itself, it needs to provide adequate funding. This is not cutting edge stuff anymore. This is like inviting plumbers to spend the holiday putting in new toilets in the local school. Not that it wouldn't be a nice gesture, but it really shouldn't be necessary.

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