Don’t we all feel like this sometimes with technology?
I spent the past two days at my state’s summer institute. They brought together leaders from school systems to look through the Common Core standards and how to continue implementing them in our schools. We began this process last summer, and this represented a time to reflect on our progress and start next steps. Of course last year they really did not provide a technology strand, but this year they did. Much of what we learned though, dealt with things we are already on board with.
- We know the need to collaborate with teachers and media coordinators. We provide the expertise on tools and ways to integrate technology into the classrooms, but we just need opportunities to do this.
- We know to look for activities for higher level thinking activities. None of this drill-n-kill software…but thing to allow students to evaluate, synthesize, and create. I really like this Bloom chart for whatever flavor of tablet you use (http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html). Schrock does a nice job focusing on iOS, Android, and then just Google Tools. One of my frustrations at this institute was the lovefest on Apple. Did you know, for instance, all this creativity is due to Apple. They single-handedly revolutionize education with their creativity. *Grumble, grumble*
- I do appreciate the focus on technology/collaboration. This institute provided ongoing mentions of the great need for that–working with the lead district people, lead curriculum people, and other teachers. Hopefully they go back to their colleagues and reiterate that need.
We definitely appreciate the opportunities Common Core provided. We are in the process of a full upgrade to wifi in all of our schools. Lots of pd opportunities abound. We just need to make sure we do not lose this opportunity.
Sort of reminds me of the screengrabs of iOS that show a similar picture through all iterations…
Ok, so finally, someone come up with a way to regulate book check outs that does not require some impossible to use software (yes, I am looking at you Overdrive!) or DRM. A Mexican publisher has found a way to make the ink disappear in a few weeks, making the book then unreadable. Nice to see some innovation instead of the same old publishers trying to regulate 21st century content by 20th (and 19th) century methods.
Definitely a step in the right direction for media. Think about how this could work for schools–you ‘rent’ a chapter in a text for a couple weeks…then you could get it back to review for finals, before it erases for good. Would really like to see this type of thing on a larger scale.
File this under the ‘just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse’ file. Seems Apple is really taking their desire to be the monopoly in phone/tablet space seriously. On the heels of trying to head off Samsung Galaxy Nexus and 10.1 devices at the borders, now they think they can dictate to stores not to sell those devices. In a letter to unnamed stores (http://www.scribd.com/doc/100024628/Apple-Letter-to-Retailers-Samsung-Court-Filing), Apple’s lawyers, you know–their real innovators, are demanding stores quit selling those products immediately. So our country’s most valuable company (yeah, so people actually say this) thinks it can overstep its bounds and dictate what can and cannot be sold at stores. Does it not just frustrate you to no end?
Then think about what happens–only Apple products get sold, and of course, they jack up the prices. Then schools can no longer afford any of this technology. Why have we not yet seen monopoly claims in the exhaust of all these suits? I cannot wait until some company goes after Apple. They stole the mouse from Xerox. They stole notification pull downs from Android. Who knows what else they have stolen. Argh!