TL Blogging Challenge #9 – There are a lot of new trends (& some recycled trends) in the library world. Share one you have tried or are considering trying.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’ve been testing Android tablets this year as my own version of a 1:1 device pilot program, one of the biggest trends in schools today. Or at least in economically middle- and upper-class schools, but that’s another blog post…
Since I don’t own a tablet personally, my only experience with apps before September was on my smartphone. Our school received a new iPad cart at the beginning of the year, and it wasn’t being heavily used. I wanted to be able to recommend apps, and help teachers understand what a powerful tool a tablet can be when used thoughtfully and appropriately.
So I bought 12 Nexus tablets, added the Teachers With Apps, Android 4 Schools, and iLearn Technology blogs to my PLN, and haven’t missed the desktop catalog computers since! I even started using Pinterest to share the tried-and-true Android apps I’ve used and recommend so far.
I have to say the tablets are totally awesome and a worthwhile investment for almost any school library today. If you don’t have the funds in a library budget (or worse, if you don’t have a library budget at all), my advice is to ask your tech director to buy tablets instead of desktop computers for catalog searching during your school’s next “refresh” cycle. Get educated about different models and price points, and work with your tech department (hopefully as a positive advocacy experience) to discuss what would suit your needs best. Though they may be a trend to some, I think mobile technology and 1:1 device programs are here to stay, at least until something smaller, faster, and cheaper comes along.
The blogging challenge is from Cybrarian Jen at Where Books and Technology Meet. I’m going to try it out, but instead of daily posts, I’m going to try for 1-2 posts a week.