As summer winds down, I am once again excited about what technology has to offer, -especially in education. I love the interactive white boards, updated phone systems, and of course internet open source software. I locate these at home on my home computer and excitedly develop and share and swap ideas with other like-minded people online. But when I return to the workplace, the filter blocks these sites, or ITT just can't make them function within the network, "configuration issues" . Then begins the wait, beginning with bi-monthly work requests. September turns to October, then January then May. An example: Making Audacity input USB audio, or for that matter any OSS site input sound, text or video on a PC seems improbable, even though it works at home.
I am afraid my frustration is showing and I am feeling the weight of the wait. Instead of feeling excitement, I have learned that I must wait, it may come it may not. Usually an optimist, I can't wait to apply new technology, but I am frustrated.