I’m certain my grandkids will never dial a phone number, or even have one. It’s time to say goodbye to ten digits along with the world’s oldest social network. While we’re at it, let’s kill phone-tree mazes, do-not-call lists…everything associated with phone numbers.
Don’t misconstrue what I’m saying. This isn’t the demise of phone calls. Far from it. People will still talk on their phones. They just want the service to be simple and fun, which won’t entail punching digits into a device to start a conversation.
So much for bathroom passes and hall monitors - these days it’s technology that is making the art of skipping class much more difficult for students, and we’re not just talking about security cameras. A forward-thinking school district in Connecticut is looking to crack down on wayward students, faculty and even equipment by making use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in its schools.
New Canaan Public Schools hopes to increase the efficiency of its security efforts by embedding RFID tags into student and faculty identification cards and onto various pieces of school equipment. The tags could be used to track where specific students and faculty are located throughout campus, as well as hunt down missing laptops, projectors and other school property.
After thirteen years of teaching art I am excited to be teaching an Art Cadre for the first time. This class is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the visual arts after high school. The students will have weekly opportunities to go out into the “real world” and work with community members in arts related fields. Students will be working with photographers, gallery owners, graphic designers, and teachers just to name a few. They will have some wonderful experiences this year and gain invaluable insights into what certain arts careers really entail.
I am blessed to have 12 talented artists in this inaugural class. It will be solely up to them to find places in the community to work and observe this year but I have no doubt that their own drive and ambition will push them forward. They are a fabulous group of young people who I firmly believe are going to accomplish spectacular things this year.