Piloting the iPad for the Arts Educator 2.0 project has made me think deeply about how and why to use technology. My colleague Camille has spoken with great passion about the need for the transformative use of technology -not simply technology for technology sake. My colleague Leslie provided us all with a thought provoking resource raising the same questions, and all of the bloggers on this site have generously offered links, tips and resources. Today I spent several hours of devoted study following the links, checking out the aps and attempting to more deeply confront the question I have set out to explore: In what ways can an iPad transform an Arts classroom?
For some time now I have been tentatively choosing aps and accessories; attempting to guess what the arts teachers I will work with in September might find useful in their classrooms. Being a Theatre artist working with Music and Visual Arts teachers I have felt less than equipped to guess what might work for them. The word transformative nags at me. How can I possibly know what aps or tools would be transformative for their diverse classrooms?
Today it hit me that the key is to choose the tools that will become transformative for my work and model that process for my teachers; and so my inquiry now morphs to:
How can an iPad transform my work with my students?
With the teachers I facilitate?
Within the practice of my art form?
As a way to begin I am going to try using only my iPad today any time I would reach for technology. Should be interesting….