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Individualized Experiences

When I was trying to work on implementing a one-to-one program with iPads at my school, people often asked me why iPads.

After answering this question numerous times, I resulted to this

It creates a unique individual experience.

And that’s the gist of it.

It’s not about the iPad or the technology behind the iPads. People fall in love with using an iPad because they discover that one app that saves them time or offers organization in a way they desperately need it.

For me, as a teacher of ancient history last year, it was the History: Maps of the World app and TimeLine app that compared events from different regions of the world. After several unsuccessful attempts to explain the difference between counting in BCE and CE, students manipulated the TimeLine app and said, “Oh I get it! It counts down and then counts up.”

This happens to fit beautifully into the argument for individualizing curriculum rather than the pressure to standardized curriculum.

To adopt a one-to-one iPad program is defying the current political pulse of the educational policy and yet schools are still doing it.

Why?

Because they recognize this is where learning is headed. This is the future of education.

Is the world of education ahead of affiliate marketing again?

Keeping in Touch

 

In preparing for my first Affiliate Summit, Geekcast has become an essential weekly podcast. The discussion this week started with business cards and whether they were old school or not.

They argue that the card can help you recall someone’s name or company:

What was that guy’s company name? The card will help me remember the business with the lettering or the design of something

I understand their reasoning, but business cards have never been a part of the teaching profession as a means of idea exchange and have actually been associated with administration level positions rather than teachers.

I never considered bringing business cards to Affiliate Summit because of my teaching background and still have managed to keep in touch with teachers from a number of different districts and disciplines.

Maybe the teaching profession is actually ahead of the business world for once!

 

7 Reasons Not to Use Blogger in Your Classroom

1. You are a professional. You need a professional blogging platform.

2. Flash Player slows loading time. Each second that your blog takes to load loses you readers.

3. Flash doesn’t work on IOS devices, which means that you are losing readers that depend heavily on mobile devices for their reading (like me!).

4. It’s hard to comment on a Blogger blog. The login process take too many steps making you lose traffic and conversations.

5. It’s one of the oldest blogging platforms. There are much better out there.

6. One of the widgets is a goldfish that you can feed.

7. One of the widgets is a goldfish that you can feed.

Woah Woah Slow Down

Have you been in faculty meetings or talking to a colleague about technology integration and heard these words?

The interesting part about these interactions for me is that same people that contest and resist changing and trying something new would come to me for tech support for their personal benefits, but wouldn’t do the same for their students.

One of these things is not like the other.

We Are Missing It

Yesterday in class, my laptop died.

We have 30 minutes left in class and with our final quickly approaching, I didn’t want to miss important information.

I use Evernote for all of my class notes, so I knew that I could use my mobile to pick up right where I left off, but I hesitated.

I seriously debated taking out a piece of paper to take notes that I could later transfer into Evernote so that it wouldn’t look like I was texting during class.

Pitiful, right?

Using a mobile device in class or on a date or during a meeting is, according to the John Tess radio show (by the way you should never look up what radio hosts look like!), considered rude.

RUDE?

We are missing it.

Mobile devices are connecting and extending learning beyond the classroom.

We are letting our lack of understanding about what mobile devices can do impede where mobile devices will take us.

We are missing it.

 

Mobile Mystery

Many teachers (and professors from my experience!) are troubled and paralyzed by the mobile mystery.

What do we do with all of these students who have cell phones?

Do we demand that they keep them in their locker?

Do we put a basket out in our classes and take them up?

Do we confiscate them if we hear them or see them and make parents come and pick them up?

Students are learning and playing and communicating with their mobile devices throughout the school day. No school has figured out how to stop that from occurring even with the strictest cell phone policy.

We are playing catch up to the social interactions and learning that takes place in this mysterious mobile realm that schools and teachers can’t access.

And still almost none of the discussions that we are having in schools have to do with how we can include mobiles into the classroom.

It’s time to unlock the mystery and let mobile learning take place in the classroom.