I have always been interested in technology and gadgets that improve how we do things in life. This spills over into my teaching. I see the possibilities that using educational technology can bring, the doors it can open for students and teachers to create, participate, collaborate and share with each other and with the wider world. I like that my classroom can be made more efficient and more dynamic through using iPads and productivity apps. I like that my lessons can become more learner specific, more engaging, more motivating, more real-life based and more creative through using technology effectively. I like that my students get a picture of the world outside their own experience through collaborative projects, publishing things for a wider, global, real life audience. I like that I can create individualised resources, learning spaces, personal learning networks to add to my own teaching and learning. I like that my students can create and design, build, publish, make and code to further their own learning, both in curriculum areas and in developing cross-curricular skills. I like how using iPads seems to take away feeling of “I can’t” and builds my pupils own self-esteem when they look over their digital learning journal.
I like the possibilities that come with using iPads, but I also know that they remain possibilities unless they are used effectively. In the same that that having paint does not make a masterpiece, its how the artist uses it, the iPad is a tool. It is itself is not a masterpiece. It is not a one stop, fix-all for every problem in education. It is a tool, a resource, to be used wisely and effectively in the hands of creative educator.
Or sometimes, to not be used. Part of the wisdom of Educational Technology is knowing when to use it and when to not use it.
With great technology comes great responsibility to use it well. An iPad can be revolutionary to learning and teaching a classroom, or it can be about as much use as an expensive paperweight.
A tube of paint does not a masterpiece make.
It’s all about how you use it.