I work at a high-school as a science teacher. That’s the phrase I tell people when they ask what I do. The truth is, like most jobs, my title barely covers my actual job. I also am the school’s unofficial photographer (the pic above is not mine), the tech guru (along with TechieinHell who actually runs that stuff), theatre manager/sound engineer/lighting guy and pet enthusiast (we have fish a mice so far).
In the middle of all of this, I do try to educate students. My boss got the idea that tablet computers were the next wave in technology. When the iPad hit, it seemed the world joined in on that sentiment. My boss started his quest to put iPads into the hands of students. Yesterday that became a reality. We are testing six students in Grade 8 (or 8th Grade for our USA friends) who were across all levels of ability. The days leading up to that, I became the tech who made this happen. I updated, charged, synced, cloned and bathed ten iPads to be given out – four go to their teachers who will have to learn to use them this Monday in a course I will teach. No I did not make that up. I’ve seen two year old’s use iPads but teachers with two or more degrees will need to be taught how to touch something properly (there is a dirty joke in there that I will leave alone).
Was is fun? Yes. After I was finished, did TechieinHell suggest a better way for me to do the job I did? Yes. Did I learn as much or more than the kids I teach? Yes. Will I quit asking pointless questions in this post? YES!
We are pushing foreword to get our kids to see the world in a twenty-first century way. I’m glad to be on board.