Recently myself and my two colleagues, Ann Feldmann & Jeanette Carlson, attended an Apple Event focused on curriculum in the classroom. Our local Apple reps hosted and they did an amazing job. What was so great about our time there was that we had time to play. Yes, I said it! “Play”! We were allowed to explore apps, design small projects, and reflect on our ideas. We owned our learning with our guide, Barry Sevett, from Apple.
Even though we are fairly well versed in all things Apple it was a good way to spend the day being the learner and not the trainer. There are always more things we can learn from each other when given the time.
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Sometimes it is human nature to become satiated with a product or an idea. I fear that some educators and leaders have done this with iPads and are considering other options. Why, I ask would you go with any other tool than Apple when their wealth of resources for education is so huge you can hardly soak it all up? The creation piece, individualized learning opportunities, and access to the world cannot be replicated with other devices.
As trainers and sought after leaders in our field, it was an excellent reminder that what we are doing in our classrooms of iPads is transforming learning for kids. Change takes time and a commitment to change takes persistence.
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Happy Learning and Happy Creating
Written by: Jennifer Krzystowczyk