Help! My IT director's locked me down!

Here's a message that I recently received from a middle school science teacher:


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I am a technology-loving science educator. I need your help and here is the short version of my story. I have tried to be a front-end user of educational technology. However, I have lost the ability to effectively utilize technology due to the IT director's philosophy of restricting all computers for all staff. Last week the IT people took my MacBook and removed administrative privileges – something I have always had. This has coincided with the loss of our curriculum director, who always empowered educators that wanted to be progressive. I was hoping to spend a few minutes talking on the phone in more detail, at your convenience. Please reach out and help a fellow educator! I look forward to your response.

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I gave him some empathetic support when we chatted on the phone. I also asked some tough questions about his IT director's need to restrict his privileges. It didn't sound like he had abused his administrative privileges. Thoughts for this educator, anyone?

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