Sunday, October 2, 2011

How My iPad Journey Began...Part 1

It's hard to believe that about 6 months ago I was in Greenock, Scotland visiting Cedars School of Excellence. While I have been an avid reader of blogs and tweets for professional development, visiting Cedars was probably by far one of the greatest professional development experiences I have had.

It is funny how some things in life unfold...I started at my school at the end of September and new that our division would be making the transition to some type of Apple product...possibly iPads. So...I began doing research and looking to follow people who were blogging and tweeting about their use. After a quick Google search, I began following Fraser Speirs. While I was very intrigued about what he was writing, NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think I would be in Scotland three months later.

I guess it was sometime in December that we purchased a 10 pack of iPads to "test" out. I took one home over winter break, downloaded some free Apps and just began to tinker. I enjoyed it's ease of use, etc. but wasn't sold 100% on it's use in the classroom, especially in a 1:1 environment. At this point I thought, why don't I email Fraser to get some insight on their 1:1 program. So...that's exactly what I did. I didn't have any expectations and hit send.

Well, 3 days later I received a response, I couldn't believe it! It was like hitting the jackpot. I had made contact with...The Fraser Speirs!

From this point we Skyped a few times and then I applied for a grant. Well...two months later I was on a B. A. flight headed to Greenock, Scotland to see first hand what was taking shape at Cedars School of Excellence!
"Life is all about timing…the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable…attainable. Have the patience, wait it out. It’s all about timing." ~ Stacey Charter 

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