Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How My iPad Journey Began...Part 2

The first week of April I was fortunate enough to be heading to Cedars School of Excellence for an entire week. Initially I had not planned on spending a week at Cedars, but in hindsight, I was so glad I did.  I feel like this gave me a better understanding of how iPads were integrated in a 1:1 environment.

It was amazing to see the iPad being used in transformative ways. The device wasn't being used simply as an App device, but rather a creation tool enabling students to express, create, and reflect with. It was truly inspiring to see the kind of learning teachers could get out of their students.

Teachers at Cedars are truly passionate about what they do. You see it and feel it the moment you walk through the doors... 

My time at Cedars was transformational...it was by far the best professional experience I have had in my 15 years of teaching. In addition, the generosity and sincerity they extended to me was something that I have never experienced from another school.  They instantly made me feel like part of their school family and for that I will always hold a piece of Cedars close to my heart. 

Special thanks to Alsion Speirs, Fraser Speirs (ADE), Lorna Speirs, Elaine Black, Owen Atkinson, Andrew Jewell (ADE), Jenny Oakley (ADE), Emma Rukin, Carolyn Speirs, and Elaine McKenzie-Smith for sharing Scottish culture/customs with me.

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