First of all I have to say this has been a wonderful summer for me as far as my learning curve as opposed to my last summer learning curve. I have had opportunities that I never would have had if I wasn't willing to jump into the world of twitter. I have had many conversations with colleagues that I have met through twitter, skype and those that I am lucky enough to teach with in my district so special thanks to Mary Lee, Cathy, Karen, Susan, and Deb. All of you have helped me so much in my thinking!
As far as jumping goes, The big choice is do I switch from "old fashion" huge spiral note book for conference notes to Evernote on my lap top or hopefully soon my new iPad? This is a HUGE decision for me because my old system works but that's it...it is old.
*If I want to keep a copy of the students work I have to walk down and copy it on the xerox instead of (take a picture with the camera on the computer or my iPhone and then drop it in the child's note instantly)
*if I want to do a voice recording for fluency I have to go to the library and get the tape recorder instead of (just push record on the computer and automatically it is in the note)
*if I want to keep track of reading, writing, math and word study I have many pieces of paper which makes a very thick binder instead of (just opening a new note and start typing)
*if I want to work on progress reports I have to bring home my 15 lb. binder instead of (just bringing home my lap top) Really it doesn't weigh that much but it feels like it.
*if I don't want to bring home my lap top instead (I can access evernote from my home computer or my i Phone) and bring home nothing. Crazy I know.
So you would think my decision would be easy look at all the positives but it is scary to start a new anecdotal system but once again this experience is teaching me how my students must feel when I ask them to do something that they are not quiet comfortable with in class. I am lucky I have a choice so I guess I will make the jump and just hope that I have my life raft (my friends) will be there if I need help.