I met a high school principal of a small campus who hailed from the state of Idaho last week when I was speaking at the National Title I conference in Tampa. Under his arm, he carried an iPad. Soon enough, he began to tell me about how he had written all sorts of grants, done fund-raisers, and basically turned his entire school into a 1-1 iPad environment.
“How’s it going?” I asked. He told me he couldn’t be more pleased and then went on to discuss all the positives one might expect. The students just love them. Engagement is up, dedication is up, genuine inquiry based learning is evident in the classrooms. On and on and on.
“What the greatest drawback you’ve run into?” I asked. I always like to hear the negatives, to hear what the obstacles and challenges are for people who try new things.
He didn’t hesitate.
“Fellow principals at neighboring schools,” he told me. “They keep asking me, ‘So, how are all those toys working out?’”