It is the end of the week and I have begun a number of posts that are still drafts. The topics include my thoughts on Twitter and also Cloud computing and what they offer, if anything, to the world of education and libraries.
I have been considering the use I make of the different digital and social media in general. I followed a tweet about Twitter and Facebook to a blog post containing a great photo with captions. I liked the humour although one commentator did not.
I also had a 2 meetings today. Both discussed the issues around the idea of where our school is heading, trying to articulate the plans for learning and teaching and looking at where technology fits into the greater scheme. We will be working on this for the next few months, both as part of the PLP program and our internal audit. The idea that technology will simply make it cheaper and easier (eg. we don’t need to buy books anymore because everything is on the internet and everyone can just use that) is slowly changing. People are beginning to realise whilst there are wonderful learning opportunities, there are also many issues that need to be considered if our transition is going to be successful for our students and our teachers.
- And (2 random thoughts) thinking about the future, there are two quotes I like on this topic:
John Sladek “The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.”
and William Gibson “”The future has already arrived. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”
I also wonder what the current the economic state will mean to the parents who send there students to our school. Our fees are more than other schools near to us because we have our notebook/laptop program. I believe our program can offer great opportunities to our students as well as our schools other advantages of the fantastic grounds and the pastoral care set-up.
Anyway it is now the weekend.
What to do this weekend. I don’t sleep in, sleeping isn’t everything! I have set myself some jobs to do this weekend, they will be the first two days I will have had without at least a whole day committed to others. It is going to involve some exercise (a long walk along some tracks I haven’t used for a while) and then I will be getting my house in order. Tasks include:
- Complete a cleanup of my email accounts, both my school and my home accounts. Preferably doing it reasonably quickly.
- Clean up my RSS feeds – both the outlook and Google reader accounts
- Listen to or delete the podcasts I have loaded onto iTunes.
- Either watch ar delete any television programs I have taped more than 2 weeks ago but have not watched.
If I can complete these tasks, I will be very pleased with myself.