Well, it’s a somber day for us Flyer fans, as our playoff run was cut short. I’v never been interested in hearing about “how great of a season we had” or “they tried their hardest,” but this year I’m not that beat up over the loss. The bottom line is they were outplayed and lacking in areas that mean most to winning i.e. defense & goaltending. Sadly folks, this is the last you will hear from me regarding our beloved Flyers until next year……Cheers to the hometown hockey team.
Moving on, we’re a couple of weeks into the month of May and I’m pretty certain that everybody is feeling that end of year push. I know I am, yet the direction of the school has me feeling great about the projects that I’ll be working on in the summer. Two of which that I’ll be focusing on are iPads and 1:1 computing. Related to these topics, I recently read this MindShift article Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools. Will Old Teaching Tactics Work? that concentrates on the use of technology in the classroom, and how the implementation of such tools are supposed to transform learning. Given my technology background, one might think I’m a proponent of using the “latest and greatest” tools with the expectation that they will catapult us into a environment where 21st century teaching and learning thrives. Well if you fall into that category, you would be wrong 🙂 While I love playing with contemporary tools and apps, I’m of that mindset that there has to be a shift in the pedagogical approach, facilitated by tools such as the iPad, that will allow us to teach 21st century skills in a more compelling fashion. This shift should not be technology driven, we should not be focusing on teaching the iPad and it’s apps. We should be concentrating on utilizing these tools to develop a knowledge building environment where the learning is more individualized. Say goodbye to the “one size fits” all approach, so long to the lecture! The use of 1:1 devices promotes a collaborative culture where students “learn by doing.” Project based learning makes education more interesting to students and much more relevant to their lives. At any rate, be sure to check out the article that highlights the potential coinciding with a fundamental shift in the learning experience, along with the tools to facilitate such a transformation.
Looking for a few examples of iPad integration in a 1:1 classroom? Take a look at this Edutopia article written by Andrew Marcinek where he discusses a few projects that have taken place in the first year of an an 1:1 iPad initiative. Included in this article are French, History, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Digital Literacy projects.
Check out these slides from Dangerously Irrelevant about technology, learning, and change.
I’ll end this week’s post with a video response to a principal who bans social media.
Have a great week folks and see you soon Flyers!