A year ago I joined a committee at my school to explore an iPad 1:1 pilot. My role was the tech rookie, representing tentative adopters of new technology. We researched and drafted a proposal that is now working its way through the funding and approval stages; if all goes well we’ll have iPads and training for all grade 10 teachers and students next fall.
Two months ago, as we were finishing the proposal, my administrator put a new iPad into my hands, and it revealed a whole new set of options and ideas for me. I saw a bit more clearly into the mobile world of my students and colleagues. I envisioned the boon a room full of iPads would be to PBL and In the Middle style workshops in my classroom.
Of course, I also recognized how little I know and how much I have to learn, which brings me to ETMOOC. Two months ago I’d never used a mobile device; now I’m using an iPad everyday in my classroom and next week I’m participating in my first MOOC. That’s quite the rollercoaster, and it’s only beginning! I like my learning and my rollercoasters the same way–the steeper the curves the greater the fun (and fear). That’s a combination for growth.