Once again…it’s not about technology

I saw this image floating around twitter this morning and it pretty much sums up what I think about technology and learning.

boring is still boring

We don’t want to use technology for the sake of having a fancy, shiny tool to bedazzle our audience into learning. Like THAT’S going to work. An iPad is not going to instantly transform a lesson that doesn’t connect with our learners into one that does. Really, it won’t. If we try to do that, we’ll probably end up supporting the notion that it just adds another distraction to our learners because it will offer them another way to divert their attention from the same thing they weren’t connecting with in the first place.

So, allow students to use an iPad if it makes sense. But not to dress up an old lesson.

The why or when to use it is really contextual. Creating, connecting, practicing, researching…these are all good reasons to want your learners to have access to an iPad. But the real questions lie around what you are expecting your learners to create, connect with, practice, and research. Does it have meaning for them?

Do they care?

And, ultimately, do you?

Google knows my friends and family, cool or creepy?

In writing a comment for Mr Gonzalez’s post about his plans to use iPads in Science, I did a little google search on iPad’s wifi issues because, to be honest, I don’t trust iPad’s network connection enough yet to use it in a classroom.

I was surprised to see, at the bottom of the first search page a link written by someone from my professional learning community – Chris Parsons.

Google Social Circle and Chris

At first I thought, Cool! Look, it’s Chris! Then I noticed the fine print by the article title:

Beta – My Social Circle – My Social Content.
connected via twitter.com

Has anyone else noticed this in their google searches?

I’m going back and forth from this is cool, to this is creepy.

On the same note, Google street view has a view of the front of my parents’ house, with my mom in it. She’s standing in their garage. Again, cool? creepy?