However, instead I'm doing nothing.
Every device will begin with the factory settings. As we go, we'll add apps to fit the particular projects, standards and lessons. It feels counterintuitive to me. After all, I'm stocking my cabinets with school supplies ahead of time. Why not apps?
But I have a few reasons:
- I don't want to crowd devices with apps that we "may need" rather than apps that we need. I know that they're free and there is room on each device. However, I'm not a fan of clutter and distractions. If we end up with ten apps at the end of the year, that's okay.
- I want students to be a part of the selection process. I want them to learn how to find apps that fit with what they want to learn and what they want to create rather than how they want to be entertained.
- I want to choose apps based upon the instructional needs of our projects rather than trying to develop projects based upon what we are using.
- I want students to engage in a conversation regarding what it means to use various apps, programs and webtools across platforms and devices.