Today there were a couple of conversations that made me smile about seeing how technology can have a positive impact on education (and one cry for the ‘good old days):
Positive 1: a conversation with my school librarian who used her iPad to enhance her reading experience. While reading a piece of historical fiction, she opted to use google earth to ‘put herself into the community where the story took place’. She was disappointed she could not locate the church that the author was writing about, but was making plans to model this type of reading (and making connections) with some of her students to see ‘where it goes’.
Positive 2: after sharing some of our work with one of our community service groups, they arrived today with a desire to contribute enough money for us to order our first ‘5 pack’ of iPad minis to explore ‘small group projects’. They loved that our school goal on technology was learner-focused,had the best interest if students in mind, and that we are working on connecting our work into the community. Amazing to have such fantastic community connectiveness!!
Positive 3: one of my teachers commenting on a reflection activity linked to our video ‘month in reviews ‘ (www.sor.sd83.bc.ca) by taking pictures of her class at a recent Healthy Living Day event sponsored by Interior Health – she found the class to be much more responsive and connected to reviewing the activities (and why they did the activities) when they saw themselves involved. Giving her some more ideas!
Cry for the good old days: debate/discussion about reading books. Mainly about the feel, smell, experience of reading on paper vs the convenience if having 20000 pages fit in a pocket. I look at my collection of first edition classic books while reading a recent best seller on my iPhone (pocketbook -I consider reading on the iPad to be reading hardcover-style!) and am not sure where I stand.
But some good thinking going on!