Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Here's an article Jeff shared on what happened in Microsoft's backyard to a school where all students have their own PC:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In the near future there seems to be coming a solution that would solve our Mac vs PC laptop problem. Our school board is very excited about having our district participate in an Apple leasing program to put an iPad into every student's hands. Picture that for a moment.
Now think of how that will transform your classroom.
Now let's step back and picture something else. Instead of replacing your broken down Mac laptop or your malfunctioning Dell laptop with a new laptop, you get an iPad instead. Maybe you still need a powerful machine so a cheaper than a laptop desktop computer was purchased for your desk area but your main device was an iPad.
What do you think? (Share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.)
This "plan" is still in the early stages but there is much excitement about going forward with it. And don't worry, this time machines won't just be placed in your hands without training. Oh no. This time there will be a deployment plan, maybe starting with a grade level, say 6th grade for an example (nothing set in stone). So every 6th grader gets an iPad (to take home even). Every teacher gets an iPad (not just the 6th grade teachers). Staff development includes PLC-type groups of middle and high school teachers. Did I say high school? Yes, because in a few years your freshman will all have iPads. This gives us all time to prepare for the onslaught of connected, mobile deviced kids! And this training doesn't have to be on top of all that you're doing already. This could even, sometimes, be embedded in our TPEP work since it all centers around powerful teaching and learning.
Feel the vision.
Let that sink in.
What do you think?
PS On a separate note I heard that the new District Website, which includes new building websites, is almost ready to go live! It might even go live before we head out for Winter Break! I can't wait to see it.