Tech Be Nimble
Ever heard of the Internet of Things? It's the idea that, more and more, everyday objects are becoming "smart" objects, capable of connecting to a network. A popular example is the Nest thermostat that lets you control your house's climate from your smartphone. Wouldn't it be great if you could organize all your Internet-connected things? And make them do stuff for you? Without having to constantly check/fidget/run another search for how to do that?
I've been a fan of IFTTT for a while now and I know I am way under-utilizing its capabilities. If you haven't checked out this automation tool, I urge you to play around with it and see how it can streamline a lot of your multi-step Internet-connected tasks. Exciting news for fans of IFTTT, it looks like the company has solid plans to be around for a while: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/19/technology/ifttt-buttons/index.html?iid=SF_T_River
There's a great post by Ryan Ihrke over on edutopia about one-size fits all education. I love it for several reasons. He talks about how 1:1 computing is just like 1:1 anything -- only as powerful as the teaching that supports it. But my favorite point of his is this: we don't even blink when we think about clothes coming in different sizes. We just pick the size that fits us. But for some reason, even with all the talk of "21st century skills" that's buzzing around schools these days, we still expect our education to be one-size fits all. We've just replaced the textbook with a tablet.
Individualization doesn't happen just because we put a piece of technology in every student's hands. It happens when we're thoughtful about how our curriculum and pacing can serve the diverse learners that we know are going to walk into our classroom each day.
Needs change. Technology changes. The best educational technology stays nimble.