I think our Superintendent has taken a bold and necessary step toward having a conversation with the community about when we'll take the next big step in education.
You'll notice I said when. It's going to happen, and whenever it does happen, there will be a lot of uncertainty. But the fact is most education systems do not launch this type of initiative correctly.
I am not a technology literate person. The fact some in our district think otherwise, just shows that our district is not very technology literate. The good news is if I can do a lot of things, everyone in the district should be able to do so as well.
I have an IPAD and have been using it for about 6 months. Even though I'm not an expert with it, I probably would represent an expertise level comparable to most folks in the district. I have a lot of concerns about the device being the proper tool for everyone in a 21st century learning environment. I do not believe the future learning environment should be device dependent. Purchasing devices before we complete the discussion is the tail wagging the dog. After the discussion, we may very well end up with one device - but let's discuss it first. And in the mean time, those pushing the IPAD should be demonstrating how they can do everything with it - sell their computer and walk the talk. That would make a lot of my concerns go away.
Secondary teachers can click here for a site that collects articles about IPAD use in the high school setting. Click here to see what one school district experienced with their implementation and below are a lot of links to IPAD resources used for education.
10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have- from PC Magazine
10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers
10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom
40 iPad Apps Librarians Love
40 Most Awesome iPad Apps for Science Students
50+ iPad Apps By a Geography Teacher
62 Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom
100 Incredibly Useful and Free iPad Apps
Best Academic Reference Apps for the iPad- some $$, some free
A Day in the Life of the iPad Classroom
The Debate Over iPads in Education
Digital Storytelling with the iPad
Five Ways Readers Are Using iPads in the Classroom
Getting Started With iPads- site is constantly being updated
How to Access Over 30,000 Free Books For the iPad
How to Set Up Class iPads and iPods
iPad Apps- from Teach With Your iPad Wiki
iPad Apps for Kids in the Classroom
iPad Apps for Physical Education
iPad Apps for Social Studies- LiveBinder covers civics and government, geography and culture, U.S. history, world history.
iPad Resources I Can Use- comprehensive LiveBinder
iPads For Education
iPads in the Classroom- Kathy Schrock's web site
iPads in School- this blog is all about just that
iPads in Schools LiveBinder- comprehensive site
iPads in Science
Math That Moves: Embracing the iPad in the Classroom- New York Times
Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs
Pros and Cons of iPads in the Classroom- from Forbes Magazine
Quick List of iPad Resources For the Classroom- from Steven Anderson's blog
Road Show- Browse your favorite websites — Vimeo, Funny or Die, MSNBC, TED Talks, and thousands more — to find great videos.
ScreenChomp- app for the iPad; share lessons on your iPad
Snag Films iPad App- free full length documentaries
Top 20 iPad Apps for Teachers
The Ultimate Guide to Using iPads in the Classroom- from Cool Stuff For Nerdy Teachers
The Ultimate Guide to Using iPads in the Classroom- from Edudemic
Using My iPad in the Classroom This Year- the Nerdy Teacher