I’m not just referring to the fast-approaching summer holidays in my title(though we all know we are x-ing off the days, if not on our iPad calendar, then at least in our heads)-I’m thinking about what the next step of this learning project is for me.
With a little help from some higher power, I will be off on maternity leave next year, and I started to think “will all of this learning go to waste? will I remember anything when I return to work in Sept 2013? will there be any point in remembering this stuff? there will probably be a million new apps between now and then!”
After these initial thoughts came to me, my rational side popped into the conversation. I realized again that this project wasn’t about the apps, or the iPad or the tweets or any of that stuff. It was about becoming excited about learning again, and thinking about what kind of a learner I am, and realizing that it can be tough. And it was about sharing our learning with the other people in the project, in our schools and anyone else who would listen.
I know I will have a steep learning curve as new parent, and I can bet I will be following my fair share of parenting hashtags and conversations on Twitter. But I hope to have time to follow some education and learning conversations as well. And when I get back to the classroom, my students and I will continue to learn together how we can use the technology at our finger tips to become excited about life-long learning.
Have a great summer everyone!