Editor's Note (The View From Here)
The Technological Transition
- By David Nagel
- July 1st, 2019
Digital technology is everywhere
in education, and it’s ingrained
in virtually every aspect of the planning,
operation and management of America’s
130,000-odd schools. It would be ridiculous to
think of designing a new school construction
without taking the needs of digital technologies
into consideration, from networking and wireless
to audiovisual equipment to physical security.
Or to think of managing staff and resources without ERP.
Or to think of daily classroom activities without taking into consideration
mobility and new technology-driven teaching modalities.
We’ve also been thinking along these lines here at 1105 Media,
which is School Planning & Management’s parent company. Previously,
our education publications were divided into two groups — the Ed
Tech Group and the Spaces4Learning Group. But we recently merged
these two operations with the idea of bringing expanded technology
coverage to School Planning & Management (SP&M) and our sister
publication College Planning & Management (CP&M).
The new group, simply called the Education Group, now consists
of SP&M, CP&M, Spaces4Learning, THE Journal, Campus Technology
and STEAM Universe, with me as editorial director.
One of the unplanned parts of that move was the retirement of
longtime SP&M Editor-in-Chief Jerry Enderle. As our readers are well
aware, Jerry had done a fantastic job with SP&M over the years. It
now falls on me, as editorial director, to keep up the work he had been
doing so well for so long and to move that forward with expanded
technology coverage and a new emphasis on technology in our own
More on that in the coming months.
For now, I ask that you, our readers, work with me the way that
you worked so long with Jerry, offering your expert input, your
ideas, your writing, your support. I’ve met many of you in this sector
already at trade shows, and the experience so far has been extremely
positive. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming
years. Please reach out to me at [email protected]. I hope to talk
with you soon!
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of School Planning & Management.