Friday, September 30, 2011

Grateful For... Technology

This week I'm feeling all cool and lovin' on technology.
Cause that's how I roll - bytes and RAM and syncing and apps and ...  
I'm talking rubbish.

I'm no tech head - I can barely say or spell techenogical. See?
(I think this blog is testament to that. Plus, it took a tech help desk to tell me where the on/off button is on my modem this week. Swellin' with pride.)

I do, however, have in my hot little hands a gorgeous lil iPad 2 - on loan from school for a couple of weeks to familiarise myself with it before making my decision on an 'Apple' weapon of choice.
(Um, I'm actually typing this post on our ol' faithful PC 'cause I would like to publish it tonight and not next month though.)

Like the little old lady I am, I've often lamented the minefield that is this technological age our kids are growing up in - but it's not all bad.

In the past few years, I've seen technology turn the way we teach on it's head.
For the most part it is pretty fabulous stuff.

I have loved embracing the Smartboard and all that it offers us in the classroom.
I'm probably only engaging about 1% of it's optimum capabilities at the moment and even then we think it's pretty awesome in our class.

The internet has completely altered our approach to research, writing, publishing, communicating and learning at in the classroom - or lab. I'm feeling my way through the world wide web alongside (sometimes even behind) my students and it's overwhelming at times.

At our school, we are moving towards every child have constant access to their own iPad or mac -  and integrating them into every facet of school life. We're no longer going to work against social media like Facebook but make it work for us.

In my personal life, technology has seen huge shifts in the way we do things around here too. From simply paying bills, to accessing information, communicating with the fam right through to hearing Magoo tip tap away on his Thomas The Tank Engine laptop and declare he's reading a new "memail" - technology is developing faster than the tweens on youtube.

Anyway, I RAMble. Ha ha. Geek joke.
Hooray for technology and all that comes with it.
The good, the bad and the ugly.

Here's a taste of some of the highly educational experimentation I've been conducting since receiving the iPad 2 this afternoon.

The boss'll be tickled pink.

 Linking up with fellow gratitude givers @ Lemon Rhodes this week.

Come on over for a byte. Ha ha. :-)


jody said...

love technology! have fun playing with the i pad2! x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Haha! Love your pics Shar... you are clearly working overtime this weekend ;o)
YAY for technology, it has led me to people like yourself, that's gotta be a good thing! xo

Toni said...

LOVE your geek joke!

Tara @ Mum-ments said...

YOur photos are awesome!!!
Im in love with technology hahaha id be lost without it hehe

p.s I'vde been very slack commenting on your blog so im back!
I think you need a FB page so i can keep track of you ;) hehehe
and thankyou for all your support over on mine!
Big loves

Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups said...

I have just discovered your blog and I am hooked :) almost as hooked as I am to my iPad. I have had mine for 2 weeks and 1 day now and I cannot get enough of it. granted I have to fight my children for it, but oh the luxury of lying in bed and surfing the net. Bliss! Xx Sonia

Kate Sins said...

I keep ignoring technology and hoping it'll all go away.. I feel so far behind that I'll never catch up. Yay for you for embracing it. Those photos are all kinds of wonderful! x