Welcome to VanishingPoint! My name is Scott Weidig and I am a consultant and educator by education and trade. After spending 11 years in the technology/management consulting field, I underwent a major job and educational change and moved into the teaching realm. Overall, it was doing the same thing … taking someone fom one place to where they wanted and needed to go …
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Business and History, and a Master in Education Leadership. For the past three years, I have been a conference committee member for the Illinois Computer Educators (ICE) conference, the largest educational technology conference in the mid-west region. Additionally, for the past four years I have been an Advisor for Technology and Learning’s TechFORUM conference held each May. I presented multiple sessions at six different conferences on a variety of topics from the integration of technology in the classroom, specific technologies and tools, to student achievement and learning in the 21st century. This past February I was asked to be a Spotlight Speaker for the 2010 ICE conference. In addition to conference appearances, I have been interviewed by both Forrester Research and Network World Magazine in just the past ten months.
After teaching for a number of years, I have experienced total convergence of all of my educational ad business and personal backgrounds, and I am curently a technology coordinator (tech director) for a high school in a large Illinois high school district.
Yup, I am being intentionally vague… I really want to keep VanishingPoint separate from my employer as what is represented here are my own thought, concerns, challeges, fear, hopes and ponderences, and under no circumstances should they be considered the views of my District. Please feel free to comment here or contact me at any time at scottweidig @ gmail . com (yup, take the spaces out.)
On November 17-18 I will be presenting two workshops at the Illinois Educators Technology Conference (IETC) in Springfield, IL The sessions are titled: Zoho Online Suite – From a Users Perspective and Digital Resources to Know and Love for Educators. Additionally, I will be presenting a general conference session titled: Student Attention in the Digital Age. I will also be presenting at METC and ICE in February 2011.
Disclosure and Affiliations:
Overall, I write because I like to express my opinions, thoughts, ideas, and often to propogate out the thoughts and writing of others. As part of my desire to not be a “long suffering artist” I have recently chosen to begin building affiliations with products and services vendors through a service called Linkshare. You can go to their site for more information. Basically they are a marketing company that provides financial incentives to web properities (like mine) to create a space for “blech…” ads or other links to products and services for various fortune 500 and other companies. From these links, a (very small) percentage of revenue may find it’s way back to me. No where near all of the links I may post will fall under my linkshare affiliation. As I begin to add vendors, I will post that information here. Currently, the programs I am involved in are with Apple, AT&T and Handango. To date I have received absolutely zero revenue from this program.
Zoho Affiliate Program – I have been a huge fan and advocate for Zoho for the past 4 years. I believe that they are a fabulous company with and excellent online suite of products and services. If you have read my blog in the past you can understand my choice in becomming part of the recently announced affiliate program. Right now, only their Projects and invoice applications are part of the affiliate program so you will begin to see links on my site referencing their tools.
My Promise: even though I really do not expect to make any sort of income from these and other future affiliations, I want you my readers to be aware of these arrangements from the start. Additionally, when I provide links in posts that come under any affiliate agreement, I will provide a disclaimer in the post itself referencing my relationship to the vendor. This will allow you the reader to have a better understanding of any possible bias I may have had when crafting the specific post or topic.
As always, I hope you enjoy my thoughts, and come back often to participate in the conversation.