Tameshigiri

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Published on: May 6, 2011

Welcome!

Tameshigiri is the Japanese word for “test cut” — as in to test a sword’s blade — and that’s exactly what this post is: the first cut to get things started.

My school district has been making huge strides in technology over the past few years, and I’m seeing a number of districts going through the same process, particularly in regard to new technologies like the second revolution of tablet computing (I was just beginning my ed-tech career the first time around). My goal is to share my experiences as my district grows with technology, and to discuss some of the obstacles we’ve encountered and what we’ve done to overcome them.

The launch of this site is timely, as my school’s new iPad Professional Learning Community met for the first time today. Comprised of 12 teachers, two administrators, and myself, the PLC was formed to develop strategies for students and teachers to integrate tablets into classroom learning and discuss how and when to roll tablets out to students. Each member of the group has been equipped with an iPad 2, and we plan to share resources and findings over the summer both face-to-face and through social networking tools like Twitter, Diigo, and a group wiki/blog. Our progress will be a big part of what I share on this site.

While most of the articles will feature my own opinions and experiences, I hope this will be a two-way communication. I encourage readers to leave comments, share links, and ask questions. I also intend to include articles from other contributors in the future.

My dojo is always open.

Sincerely,
Mike

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