Time. For teachers, there is seemingly never enough time in the day (or week!). Between lesson planning, creating curriculum, teaching, PLCs, professional development, and myriad other necessary tasks it is not easy to get everything accomplished. One of the biggest constraints educators I know see in technology is time. Especially if you are apprehensive about technological tools, it is difficult to know where to start and to have the time to sort through everything that is available.
The best place I have found to start is by looking at what tothers are doing in the field. Sometimes it can be as simple as carving out 15 minutes to watch a couple videos of what teachers are currently doing in the classroom. For tablet ideas, you can also search through the Internet to find out what lessons are being created and implemented, or what applications might work for you in your classroom as well! As you watch the embedded video, look through the questions below it to contextualize what you are seeing.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What does a tablet-based classroom look and sound like?
What applications did you see being used?
What would be the challenges of having a tablet-based classroom?
Which content areas could tablets be utilized in, and how?
Take some time to look through the websites below. Create a list of content areas you teach, and write/type up a list of free or cheap apps that you would be interested in. If you have access to a tablet, actually try the applications out! Once you have done so, make sure to save and send your list to other educators or present it at a PLC!