While at an in service today, I felt a variety of positive and negative feelings:
+ the teacher attending with me brought her iPad to use (and took notes, looked up websites that were referenced etc – this was very powerful, especially bing able to share with others)
– discussion with a colleague from a former district that is making the shift to ‘single platform’ – tough for me as I have seen these limits-on-tools also limit innovative teaching. My latest push is the right tool for the right user for the right purpose (not one tool fits all): http://vimeo.com/54000084
+ Connecting with my staff virtually while 30kms away; taking notes; tweeting about the day @technolandy
– discussing issues around cyber bullying
+ acknowledging that we are able to document bullying and bad behaviour cyberly
+ sharing strategies for choosing ‘the right tablet’ with an elder statesman of our district (not just saying ‘choose what works for me’
-/+ hoping that the idea of not limiting choice of tools spreads – education should not be following the 100 year old Ford vision of ‘choose any colour you want as long as its black’ – we need ALL members of our learning community to have choices to personalize the tools they use in their education experience.
+ I enjoyed sharing a timing strategy with an old friend: using Christmas Carols to time ‘work periods’. Hudson Hawk. Google it.