Saturday, May 12, 2012

Why teaching with iPads is like a layer cake

A lot of people have been asking me how the iPad pilot is going. I usually give the short, politic answer, which is "Great!" And it is great, despite my whining about the problems with going paperless and snafus in management. One of the cool things about every student having an iPad is that you can layer skills in ways that are not feasible in traditional classrooms. A layer of content, then a little frosting of technological literacy, then another layer of collaboration, then some frosting of media literacy, then another layer of critical thinking, plus a layer of accountability frosting... it's a beautiful, towering 21st century skills cake. (Please forgive the extended metaphor. It's almost the end of the school year.)