“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – Coco Chanel
I don’t know of an educator that is extremely proud of his or her first year teaching. Many don’t look back and think, “Wow, I had an outstanding year. I wish I still taught reading the way I did then.” Personally, I have evolved and changed enormously since my first year of teaching. Similar to my overall teaching, major shifts in how I use iPads in the classroom have occurred since we first received them.
Something I enjoy almost as much as teaching is shopping. When I look at old photographs of my leotard days from the 90’s I don’t think, “Man, I wish I still wore those!” My style, like my teaching, has transformed over the years.
When I see a new Lily Pulitzer or Tory Burch item that I really want, I will think about it for days and sometimes even months. I eventually break down and buy the item. Some purchases I can use throughout the year and some last only a season. Some purchases I regret buying and hardly ever use and others become staples in my wardrobe.
Apps can be like that. I become very excited when I find a new app. Some, like Book Creator or Whiteboard, my students use every single day. They are the staples in my app wardrobe. Others, we may use for a season, and others do not live up to my expectation and they get deleted off student iPads. Like all of the coveted purchases I have shoved in my tiny closet, my apps come together in one organized place. My closet.
All of the apps I have come to love are like my clothes, but my iPad is my closet. It holds all of the apps that I have come to depend on during the day and it changes based on my need and my students’ needs. It holds all of the trends that may come and go and those quality pieces that stay put.
An app may be a Tory Burch purse, but an iPad is the whole wardrobe and what would a person do without their wardrobe?