Just a few things I love about my tablet, after living with it for 8 months now:
- I love that when I arrive in the morning, I’m not attached to my desk, which is behind a wall, a door and out of view of even the people I work the most closely with.
- I love that I can walk around among my students and be with them while they work, not chained to the front of the room, or my “position of power.” (There’s a concept – how does a “position of power” put you in chains?)
- I love that when someone stops me in the hall I can make a note of what we’ve talked about right away, even put it directly only my “to do” list, without worrying about whether or not I’ll remember it later. It lets me be truly present when I’m talking to others.
- I love that I can write down my thoughts, not type them, because I know that I process information better when I write it myself (and have learned that research backs this up).
- I love that I can keep a page on each student handy in One Note, so that I can write down how they’re doing as I circulate among them, and when progress report time comes, I can cut and paste the information into their reports.
- I love that I don’t have to ask students to come to me for check-ins, interrupting the work they’re doing when they’re on a roll – I can come to them. (Don’t worry – I give them lots of other opportunities to move around!)
- I love that I always have the equivalent of a binder, pencil, highlighter, calendar, to-do list – and university library – with me wherever I go.