It's an old saying — but true nonetheless. Necessity is the mother of invention. Just ask Manny Klimis, an energetic computer teacher at Tarpon Springs Middle School. He knows only too well that, large or small, every school faces the same problem: in these days of ever–tightening budgets, there's never enough money to do what needs to be done. "My classroom budget for the whole year is $100," he reveals. "So how am I supposed to go out and buy instructional software? Anything I might want to buy to use in my class could cost $1000, and I just can't afford that."
It's the same problem throughout the school — but for Manny, it's a chance to improvise, a chance to put his mind to the problem and come up with innovative solutions all his own. "We've already got a district license for FileMaker Pro," he explains, "which we use to prepare Individualized Lesson Plans as mandated by state law. So I started looking into using it to create solutions that fit what we need to do."