School is out for the summer and now it is time to play. For me it is time to finally give this blog an overhaul. I will be switching themes to Divi and creating from the ground up. Change is never smooth for me so the site might go back and forth in styles and up and down in service as I play around. I appreciated your patience. I hope this playing around with the blog will inspire me to be more a more consistent writer.
I also enjoy this time to explore new tech and tools that I just don’t have time for during the school year. I learn a lot which is fun for me and I think makes me better prepared for school. Don’t get me wrong it is not a summer of just sitting in front of my screen, there will be lots of beach, boating and walks. I live by the ocean after all.
When I was a classroom teacher I looked forward to summer break. I was able to close out one school year, leave myself a ton of reminders for the start of the next and was ready to turn my mind and body to other pursuits. I could come back fresh, excited and eager to dive right in. I am now a instructional technology specialist and though my school year officially ends and I will soon be on summer break my work does not. Summer is when all the changes occur.
This year the are some really large changes with Apple (managed IDs and Apple School Manager). Technology based tools and services are never static and it takes time to plan and implement the changes that are never ending. This is the time of year I feel nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ back in the classroom packing up my year and having some closure.
Repeatedly we hear the call to base everything on data driven research, not a bad idea in itself but when you live in the world of technology and innovation then it possess quite a stumbling block. How can you collect data on the future? It takes years to develop a good research plan, carry it out and draw any conclusion. Somebody has to go first.
Districts that will only make decisions based on what has gone on before will forever be behind and out of sync with technology and modern learning environments. How does that serve our students and communities to prepare them for the technology rich, mobile and ever changing landscape in the modern economy? It is quite a balancing act to incorporate both data and innovation.