Looking for clues about the digital future of education...

... and trying to keep an open mind!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Easter Holiday. Time to put my feet up?

Three weeks. A bit more actually, thanks to the Royal wedding. A list of household jobs to get stuck into. Well, they can wait. Straight on to Twitter and see what people are up to. Digital Leaders seems like a good idea, then there's BrainPopUK, and of course I need to design the new pupil VLE. Still, now I've fired off a few requests into the twittersphere I'm sure I can take the night off. Got the dough on for some pizza, onions softening in the pan... Maybe school can wait for another day :o)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

iPad or not iPad?

Well, I've trialled an iPad for a week in my Junior Prep classes. I started off being very sceptical. It was neither ultra-portable (like my Desire HD) nor super powerful (like my MacBook Pro). I figured that if I had to carry something around then it needed to be able to do EVERYTHING, and if it couldn't sing and dance then it needed to be small enough to fit in my pocket.

Well, after a week of putting the iPad in the hands of my pupils, or carrying it with me while I worked the room, making notes as I went, I have to say I was fully convinced that the iPad was both portable ENOUGH, and powerful ENOUGH, to be worth a more thorough trial.

In September I hope to start a proper trial, and I will record my thoughts here. In the meantime I am preparing the way, listening to people who have tried this technology already: some with success, others with disappointment. Anything I find I'll pop up here.