Day 3 (of 184)
It seemed to be technology Thursday as a couple of interesting education/technology issues came up:
1. Mindshift. I had two conversations about tablets. Specifically how they are being used: with one proponent thrilled because he could use his tablet just like a laptop. My argument continues to be that ‘we’ have entered the third era in education/technology – from 1980 to 2000 the desktops ruled. From 2000 to 2010 was the reign of the laptops. The mobility of laptops was a paradigm shift in how tech blended with Ed – no longer ‘outside of the classroom’ but instead it was part of it (but that’s a different post). From 2010 to now is the era of the tablets which is again changing how tech and Ed are connected (and interconnected) – no longer do users need passwords and server accounts because so much is in the ‘cloud’ – we are still working on figuring out how tablets are differentiating education more so than ever before. But it’s a true mind shift (and as Wozniak says in his book iWoz, once you’ve opened that door, you can’t go back – no more desktops…)
2. Privacy, social media and class lists have popped up – with people taking pictures of class lists and texting them to others (guilty) so that they can see who is in their child’s class. But what happens when it goes on Facebook and twitter. Is the public posting of class lists an issue…?
3. Communicating across districts – when I needed a form filled out by another school (in another district – eek!) I sent an email, took a response on my cell, scanned a PDF version that my photocopier emailed to them. Problem solved.
4. Coaching football. We didn’t have enough copies of our depth charts for tomorrow’s game. So I pulled out my iPad mini (fits in my pocket), took a screen shot. Set it as my lock screen image and I could easily refer to it. I’ve also done that for dayplans for myself or for Teachers On Call.
And I know there are some who say you don’t need technology in education – but you also don’t need lasers for eye surgery – scalpels can do just as good a job – but…c’mon!