An Interview with Frank Genise (6th Grade Teacher, Tech Integrator)


Frank Genise is a sixth Grade Teacher in Long Island, NY. He has been recognized as a leader in the area of technology integration. Frank teaches in a masters degree program with Stonybrook University and does a great deal of consulting and freelance work. He has extensive knowledge in the use of video in the classroom and has demonstrated way in which it enhances the learning environment for his students.

In this dicussion we cover the skill-set needed of teachers to succeed in the use of technology in education. We will also focus on the greater need for staff development in technology and the manner in which this is delivered.

We will be accepting questions for this discussion up until Sunday 5:00pm. All questions should be sent to and/or posted as a comment on this blog!

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2 Responses to An Interview with Frank Genise (6th Grade Teacher, Tech Integrator)

  1. Michael P. Shearer says:

    One topic that has caused me heavy anguish relating to technology in schools is the fact that most schools choose P.C. computers rather than the more stable Mac computers just because of the price gap between the two. My question gentlemen is if you take the bulk price of Mac computers, and compare it to the bulk price of P.C. computers but dont forget to add the costs to install heavy duty firewall software and antivirus software that P.C.’s require to run efficently across a network you will find that all said and done the P.C. option will cost more in the long run then the Mac option. Mac’s require less maintenence, barely any software to keep them safe, and last longer without needing upgrades. So my overall question to you is why not just go the Mac route and promote ease of use, creativity, and a worry free computing environment?

  2. B says:

    Regarding technology equipment in the classroom, while there seems to be in some districts, a switch to Macs from PC environments, other districts are trying to standardize equipment (usually to the more frequently found PCs), to control costs. My belief is that sometimes you need to venture outside the “norm” to find the best tool for the job. In elementary schools where you may not have much money to buy software, a Linux solution may suit you best. In HS Art and Music departments, Macs may be the best way to go because of their ease of use and creativity solutions. PCs in other areas, such as administrative and business departments, may be best. In the end, the best tool for the job always saves you the most money, because increased usage almost always equals increased productivity. Now talk to me about (TCO) analysis!

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