I love spring in Christchurch – over the weekend I walked through the botanical gardens with my wife and enjoyed the acres of yellow daffodils growing among the mature trees. We began discussing what a wonderful vision it was that the founding fathers of the city had to plan for such a large area of public park area and gardens right in the middle of the city – so that here, 150 years later, we are able to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and general atmosphere of this place. As walked we came across this sign:
It explains how all of these daffodils got here, and is an inspiring story of collaboration and foresight (note the use of this word in the final sentence).
Today I visited a local secondary school that is in the midst of a significant “makeover”, with almost every part of the school being re-built! I was asked to share with them some of my thoughts about the role of technology in the future of education, and its links to the curriculum etc. Discussions inevitably led to sharing ideas about ubiquity, and the need to ensure that school buildings have the appropriate network infrastructure (cabled and wireless) to support students gaining online access anywhere, at any time and with any device.
At the end of my presentation I was told that this school will find it difficult to provide such access for its students, for, despite the fact that it is having so much work done on it, there is apparently no provision for a robust fibre backbone and classroom cabling in the plan. Why? Because, as a ‘re-build’ (as opposed to a new build), the codes and specifications don’t allow for it. Where is the foresight in that???