iPads or Chromebooks… which is best in the classroom?

Source http://news.filehippo.com/2013/03/tablet-sales-may-surpass-desktop-sales-this-year/

As schools increase their engagement with Modern Learning Practices and pedagogies which not only leverage, but are founded on technological systems the decisions about which technology to purchase and which is best for learning rages across classrooms, schools, districts, nations and the globe. Costs are definitely falling but undoubtedly one of the biggest factors for many schools is still the economic bottom line.. Which device ( that we can afford ) gives the best performance and impact on student outcomes at the right price point? This conundrum is also confounding parents as they struggle to figure out what will be the best fit for any particular BYOD initiative being rolled out.

In my own professional role as a school leader I use three devices regularly throughout my day – a tablet, smartphone and a laptop. All are mobile and all have advantages which make them the most appropriate device to use in different situations. If economics wasn’t a major factor then this would probably be the way most students might choose to work, too.

The article linked below gives an interesting point of view from school districts in the US that are bucking a major trend – to follow another major trend. It also identifies some of the challenges faced by school and district technology leaders as they struggle to keep up with changing trends and ever-changing models and feature-rich iterations of devices.



Disrupting boundaries: how digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis

…the community of Pegasus Bay had experienced ‘great environmental change’, many of the traditional boundaries defining community, school, teaching, and learning had already been disrupted, which provided a context for teachers to think and practice differently; the introduction and use of digital devices intensified this change process.

via Disrupting boundaries: how digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis.

Interesting article on how the challenges faced by some schools in Christchurch following the earthquakes resulted in a project that “… not only created new pathways for learning but also new ways to demonstrate care and concern for others.”
Learning communities growing through adversity!

TodaysMeet adds moderation facility

 TodaysMeet adds a couple of new features to its service which look like a great addition for teachers!

Moderation is definitely the most welcome tool for teachers… but the ability to create secure meetings as well as embed QR codes on the webpage for users to grab and print-friendly transcripts are nice touches to a great classroom tool!

Thanks to Richard Byrne @rmbyrne for the heads-up! Follow him on twitter to get a whole pile of useful tech tips for teachers!

Four essential ideas for blended learning

Thinking of innovative ways to use technology to impact student achievement? Blended learning might be something to consider!

“Shifting some work online to complement traditional classrooms creates much needed time and space in the classroom.”

1. Every school needs a vision
2. One size does not fit all
3. Don’t let software dictate learning goals
4. Support teachers and involve them in the decision-making process

Read more about these four principles in this great article from the team at MindShift