|Desmond Howard showing Ohio who is the best in the 1991 meeting in this
storied rivalry. While the Maize & Blue have had a tough go of it in recent
years, I have a feeling things are about to change! Image courtesy of
Recently, Pear Deck announced that it was partnering with Microsoft Education to offer its platform for use with PowerPoint Online, something that has been available with Google Slides for some time. You can check out my post on this announcement, Pear Deck for #MicrosoftEDU, here. This announcement gave me the opportunity to explore Office365, OneDrive, and other Microsoft apps a little bit further, as I haven't used Microsoft much over the past few years since I started using GSuite for Education apps exclusively. It also sparked a conversation between me and a handful of others on a recent episode of Sons of Technology: The Podcast about competition between educators and the camps that teachers tend to put themselves into. Listen to the episode (and subscribe) below or find Sons of Technology wherever you listen to podcasts to check out this conversation and many more.
Over the past couple of years, I have shied away from such criticism. Who am I to judge somebody based on their personal preferences? And who am I to judge what a school district provides to its teachers and students? While I certainly prefer GSuite for Education, it's mostly because it is what I know after the districts I have worked for adopted Google as their platform of choice. If somebody works in an Office365 district and doesn't have access to Google, I have no place to judge and criticize them.
|Why create a divide when we should unite in the name of student
achievement, empowerment, and connectivity! Image courtesy of
Now, this does not mean that we should support absolutely everything and try to implement every single tool that's available into our classrooms, far from it! If you like a tool, use it, tell people about it, brag about what it can do for you and your students. Have constructive debates not about what tool is better, but how each tool can be beneficial. Try to see all sides and make informed decisions about tools to you, don't just use a tool because a colleague or a company told you to do so.
As for sports though, keep it civil, but keep running your mouths and keep rivalries alive! I am sorry Randall (Sampson), I love you, but you are a Buckeye fan, so I may be a little bit slower in getting to you if a group of Wolverines has you surrounded.
In closing, one team that I hope you will join will be my book team! I have been relatively quiet about it, with a few tweets here and there and some mentions occasionally about a book that I have been working on. As of July 9, 2019, I signed a contract with a publisher on the book that I have been working on for the past few months. More details will be released as we get closer to a finished product, but I cannot wait to reveal to you what I have been pouring myself into, with the hopes to inspire those that will read my work.
Until next time...