Living in apple times….

I love twitter, unfortunately I just don’t get enough time to search through all the tweets. Occasionally I find an interesting link tweeted from someones blog and it really makes me sit up and think about its content.

But when it comes to the  specific task of helping students, what’s the best app in education? “A web browser,” said Chris Lehmann, Principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, a school that’s embraced technology for years. “Or a Google Doc, or anything that gives you the ability to make a film, or to research, to create, to connect or collaborate,” he said.

Lehmann is famous in progressive education circles for his quote: “Technology must be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.” His point: The best technology allows students to explore and create “artifacts of their own learning.”

This comes after a couple of weeks where all I have heard is ipad, ipad, ipad….I am still sceptical…are educationalists blinded by the Wow factor of Apple products which is in itself a pretty exciting experience. Well I have an ipad which sits on our living room table as a quick reference guide, photo gallery, missed media viewer and sometimes we even check our emails online. What a brilliant device, you could say excellent even, but for the price and how open it can be on a network should it be used in a school environment?

Will ipad’s used by the school SMT need to be encrypted? When will the first school be prosecuted for not buying the correct licenses for their app’s per device?

Interesting these apple times….