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Derrel Fincher

Website: http://derrel.net

Personal Statement | Recent Projects


Personal Statement

I am the Education Project Manager for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, an agency of the State of Oklahoma. I am also currently working on my dissertation for an Ed.D. in educational technology, with the topic being teachers perceptions of BYOD. My passion is understanding learning and how to create conditions that help people learn, whether it is learning by adults or by children.

Back when I was in a school as the ICT director and implementing a BYOD program, I wrote the following for Mirandanet:

I am working with our teachers to implement a 1:1 program in the school, with our pilot in sixth grade (11-year-olds). We have thrown out traditional school control of the laptops and asked students to bring whatever they own. Our goal is to do all of our work "in the cloud" or use only open source software. When we espouse teaching in a student-centred classroom, what does that really mean? When we espouse preparing our students for their future, what does that really man? Our pilot teachers, already well-versed in using technology tools with their students, are making discoveries every day--and finding their comfort zones challenged. I'm finding my comfort zones challenged as we work through the issues: finding time for teachers to talk; figuring out how to bring in those teachers who are on the periphery of the practice; negotiating meaning with administrators, parents, and teachers; and, always, wondering if we are doing enough.

That is still 

Recent Projects

For my dissertation, I am researching BYOD. For my day job, I'm working with the school districts in Oklahoma (all 517 of them) to improve their connectivity, their network, and they technology they have in school. 


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