You’ve probably seen the commercial below for the new Microsoft Surface tablet, it’s been on quite a bit lately. Every time I see it, I shake my head. Is it just me, or do you get a little mad over some of the statements this “a little old fashioned” teacher makes? If you haven’t seen it, watch it. You’ll agree with some of my comments below.
- Does anyone really like chalk and erasers? Of course! I loved when I had chalkboards in my classroom, especially when I was wearing black pants.
- Change is coming? Um, change is here. And it no longer includes rows of desks when you’re 1:1.
- All my students have the new Surface. What about the ones who already have iPads, Chromebooks, or another device? Are you going to get trained on this device so you know what to do with it?
- It has Office and a real keyboard so you can do real work. I didn’t realize you can’t do real work unless you have a keyboard or Microsoft Office.
- Bing? While it might be good, I’d bet many kids don’t even know what it is.
- Thanks for reminding me that after school is the only time to Skype and play games. You can’t possibly learn anything doing those during the school day.
- Please point me to a teacher who’s favorite thing is homework.
I will agree with one thing – the last statement, that change is looking pretty good. Getting a device in the hands of a student can be a great thing. As we all know, it’s not nearly as simple as giving them a Surface, or any other device, but if the teacher’s ready willing to learn along with the students, change can be pretty good.