There has been so much information from so many sources to digest and to make use of in preparation for our own implementation. I’ve always loved curating resources but my curation has gone to a whole new level with my growing addiction to Pinterest and creating many purposeful pinboards. Twitter is of course a vital part of curation and as the largest social bookmarking site it has provided great gems for me to read and consider on this journey so far.
The Padagogy Wheel, developed by Adelaide’s Allan Carrington has played a big role in the professional development I have provided colleagues and has informed my own practice with planning for more intentional classroom use of iPads. His work has been made with Creative Commons licensing and I appreciate being to utilise such great work.
So where are we heading? What do we hope to see in the classroom as a result of this move? I can’t speak for everyone in the college as to what outcomes would be desirable from the implementation but as a college we are committed to modelling, teaching and facilitating opportunities for our students to become motivated, lifelong learners. I would love to see the students taking more initiative in their learning, directing their learning experiences more and exploring information in ways they had not previously considered. The opportunities excite me and I hope to have every opportunity to demonstrate just how much is possible when students have a personal device at their fingertips, ready to learn ‘just-in-time’. We aren’t heading towards teachers being obsolete or irrelevant in the classroom by any means, however, teachers’ roles will change and they will become part of a portal to a whole new world of information and opportunities.