My son and daughter love Apple. They love our iPhones. They love their shared iPad. They love the ol’ family iMac. They love mom’s Macbook and dad’s work Macbook. They love the Apple Store. In fact, they will “ask” (beg, plead, cry) to visit the playground. Oh yes, the Apple store is equivalent to a playground in their minds.
Hand them a non-Apple product and they will scoff at such a travesty.
Yep… they are branded before they are even 5 and 3 respectfully. Mostly, this is because I love the Apple products and our family (immediate and extended) is a fan of Apple.
And this is perhaps why it seems odd to people that we are embarking upon a combine our devices pilot at my school that is not Apple-based. Friends and family are frustrated. Colleagues and students confused. All concerned for my health because something must be wrong
The Ugly Part of the Device Decision Equation
No question, I hear daily “Why aren’t you be pushing Apple. I thought you loved Apple”. My response usually leaves them even worse off (yes, I’m responsible for the world’s confusion).
But here is the thing: my role is to not make this personal. In fact, I’ve said before that what device you prefer personally and what is best for all students is not synonymous.
What device you prefer personally and what is best for all students is not synonymous. Difficult to separate the two.
— Ryan Bretag (@ryanbretag) October 30, 2012
And to be quite frank, it is every educator’s responsibility to remove personal device bias from the equation when considering the most appropriate device for the learning and teaching vision.
And I can’t help but wonder if educators are doing this especially school leaders.
It is hard. We want to believe our personal choice in device is best for everyone. We want to argue for what we personally believe to be true based upon our own experience.
It is the ugly part of the device discussion that is rarely discussed, but I’d argue needs to be put on the table. If not, we’ll continue making it personal. We’ll continue seeing the device decision a commendation or indictment of who you are as an educator.