After attempting to teach another sketchnoting lesson to a Chromebook class I have to ask myself, is this the best tool for the job. I know that teachers that have class sets of Chromebooks really want to make it work but I have come to the decision that it isn't the best tool for the job, at least for the initial lesson. So moving forward I will just be telling teachers that it is iPads or paper.
And, I have to be okay with that.
We have to constantly be asking ourselves this question. Our team knows that you can't do everything on a Chromebook, which is why we strongly encouraged all buildings to supplement with carts of iPads while we were ordering devices. There are a lot of things that you can do BETTER on an iPad. This is one of those things. As I have come to this realization I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Now, on the flip side I was also teaching a lesson today with middle schoolers using procreate, and I have to say that it was fun! It's taking us a bit more time, because let's be honest Procreate can do so many things.
So here is what I know, I have gotten the initial Sketchnoting lesson down to about an hour. I have a version for elementary and a version for secondary. I have taught it using paper at least two times. Chromebooks have been used at least three times. I have used Paper 53 app over eight times, to both kids and adults. And after today I will have taught the lesson using Procreate two times. I feel like that is a fair enough amount to make this call.
Current thoughts and ruminations on educational technology.