At the end of a school term when things are usually winding down and slowing up, I find myself busier than ever, in the throes of two wonderful projects!
Firstly – the awesome, amazing and all-consuming iPad! This week our Grade 6 teachers took delivery of their iPads and this marked the beginning of our official iPad Project. We are now faced with the intricate and interesting task of mapping our curriculum to the amazing array of applications (apps) available from the Apple App Store. We have a huge task ahead of us, but having already done a little of the leg work myself, I have found that it is fun and most definitely addictive! Once you start, it’s very difficult to stop. There is so much available, one could work on it for days on end. However, since we are a team of 7 who will be working on this, each looking at a different learning area, it will be a lot easier and as the saying goes: “Many hands make light work!” Our first planning session is scheduled for next week.
Secondly, after a great meeting with Arthur Preston (co-creator of the EdTechConf mentioned in an earlier post) yesterday afternoon, it can now be confirmed that our school will be hosting a conference of our own, under the EdTechConf umbrella! We are so excited about this new partnership and the fact that we will be hosting our own conference. We have bought totally into the grass-roots concept of the EdTechConf, conceived by Arthur Preston and Tim Keller, and hope to add our own unique spin. The dates will be announced shortly, once a few minor matters are confirmed.
So, added to the fact that I will also be attending the ICT in the Classroom Conference in Johannesburg in the first week of the holidays, as well as an Apple workshop in the second week of the holidays, my plate is pretty full at the moment. Am I complaining? Not a chance!