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.

 

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift.

The teacher-training institutions are at risk of falling behind innovative technology practices being adopted in schools… but is this any different from any area of teaching and learning that trainees are exposed to at colleges? Are we guilty of again presuming that the “new generation” knows how to use technology to transform teaching and learning simply because we suspect they might be “digital natives”?

 

Have you googled yourself lately?

Google yourself
70% of HR professionals will now search for your digital footprint on the web… already there are cases of students being turned down from colleges and kicked out of schools or denied graduation because of public performances on the web… time to make sure these kids really know that their digital footprint is here to stay!

Be Literate.

Be Literate.

The blog of Darren Price  (Director of Technology & School Improvement Gyeonggi Suwon International School (Suwon, South Korea) & Taejon Christian International School (Daejeon, South Korea)

It is great to come across other educators who blog. I wish I could be more consistent, but sometimes I just run out of time…
I am about to launch the Pages function of Google Apps for use as student ePortfolios.
Since Google now include the Blogging tool in their Education Package I am thinking that it might be a good way to encourage reflective practise in our students ( and the teachers! )
 
Since I have the shiny orange “blog” button embedded in my favourite browser  ( Chrome ) I guess I really have to try and set a good example!


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