Taking selfies and playing games. Before the ipad we could at least call that
distracted learning and daydreaming and the caveat it cost a heckuva lot of
My grandson's school issued an i-pad to each jr. high and high school
student. He is in a charter school.They cannot access any apps that were
not pre-loaded by the teacher. So, no selfies or you-tube.It is working
well so far!
I had an opportunity to visit one of the Salt Lake Valley's 1:1 technology
initiative schools a little while ago. While I saw some effective teaching and
use of the iPads and Chrome Books, AND I saw some poor teaching and… you
guessed it, lots of selfies, you tube and messing around.Tech can be
a fantastic tool to enhance learning, when used properly. As educators we have
the opportunity to teach students to use the tech as tools, and that requires
well trained and supported professional teachers employing the best
instructional techniques. Technology is an important supplement to, but by no
means replacement for quality instruction!I think small initiatives
give districts the chance to figure out what works and what doesn't with
1:1 tech usage, and they are best qualified to determine how to bring the
programs to larger scale. I think it's an exciting and valuable process
that is sometimes overwhelming to teachers and school staff, and sometimes a lot
of fun. I think it's worth the effort.
Millions of dollars for selfies. Great.