Setting the Stage for Digital Inclusion
Marc Carbone ~ Mark’s Musings ~
I am always amazed at how time to reflect changes what eventually ends up in a blog post. This post is a great example of this notion as I originally thought I might write about these topics in different posts, but now I think the ideas are more powerful together.
I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the 1:1 Computing Conference this fall with Ed Doadt. It was great to meet so many passionate educators at the event. Two ideas from this conference really struck me.
First, I was amazed at the high number of schools/districts that were declaring “singular” IT strategies: we use ONLY iOS or win 7/8 or chromebooks or BYOD devices. This is an all in approach with no flexibility or notion that different devices have different strengths/weaknesses, that students will have varying comfort levels with different devices, that technology will continue to develop and change at a torrid pace never experienced before or that a variety of devices might be a better fit to support learning. I feel strongly that our approach at WRDSB to use and support a variety of devices to support learning will yield better results than a singular strategy approach.