Generally I feel quite comfortable writing about technology in the classroom. Generally, but not today. Today is the day when the iPad comes into my teaching.
The day I come to class, and the blackboard and the chalk are gone. I got an email that says: “Dear teacher you are kindly requested to go to the school information office and collect your iPad”.
All of a sudden I’m a mobile learning teacher. “Cool!” It is the first thing I think.
Then I come home with my new iPad, I feel relaxed, I know how to use it, I’ve got mine, I do it everyday. I turn it on and … stop.
Suddenly, I do not know what to do, a thousand questions in my mind: what is truly mobile learning? In how many ways can a school use tablets? Apple TV in the classroom? Where do I start?
“Ok” I think, “let’s google some key words”. It ‘s the time to read posts like The 10 most useful apps in education, Top 20 apps for schools, Mobile learning in ELT etc. On twitter #mlearning becomes my favourite hashtag.
My head is full of information, I begin to feel safe, I go to the app store – “Ok, I got Evernote, Youtube, iThoughts, Skitch, TeacherKit etc. I should be ready now” I think. But ready for what? Is it that simple?
I look at my iPad, I find it hard to admit that I do not know where to start, I’m no longer on my safe side, I’m moving forward, on a new path. I find myself thinking about failure, is this going to be the case when I do not give my students what they’re expecting from me?
It ‘s fascinating how the power and speed of technology could affect our self confidence, I should tell my students.
Then I stop thinking about iPad teaching, it’s not the iPad, it’s me. It’s always about the teacher, no matter the iPad or the chalk. Let’s say I’m an empowered teacher now.
I start planning, I can make it.