I recently got an iPad for work. I’ve had it for two weeks so far, and I’m so excited about the potential I am seeing it has for improving my efficiency and effectiveness as a school psych. The problem is, I’m still a little intimidated. I know that I need to “just play with it” until I become more comfortable and figure things out. But the sheer number and variability of possibilities with regards to apps and various uses is overwhelming, although exhilarating. I ran across an article posted on Edublogs about iPad use in education last week (http://edublogs.org/2010/09/24/edublogs-weekly-review-ipads-are-changing-the/ ), and although I haven’t had as much time to go through it as I’d like, so far it’s proven to be a nice collection of advice and suggestions in one place. I’ve especially appreciated an article by Justin Baeder (http://www.eduleadership.org/2010/09/18/the-essential-ipad-guide-for-principals/ ) about using the iPad as a principal. Although I’m not a principal yet, it doesn’t hurt to start thinking like one (and a lot of the apps that are helpful to principals would likely be very helpful to me as well).
I’m glad that I am having the opportunity to integrate various technology uses into my daily routine, but at this point, I’m still feeling so behind the times, that I think I’m struggling to catch up, rather than trying to be innovative. I’m incorporating resources I’ve learned in class, tools that the district has given to me recently, and other uses that I’ve stumbled upon myself. Although I’m feeling a little more comfortable every day, I’m realizing that this journey is much closer to a marathon than a sprint!