My name is Michael Kaufman. I am one of the four founding principals of a small innovation consulting firm called InnovationLabs. Since I was in 11th grade I have been interested in the power (and opportunity) ‘education and learning‘ has to transform people and improve the quality of life for everyone.
Over the last 20+ years I’ve worked with individual schools, school districts and state departments of education as a consultant in improvement and change processes. I marvel at the number of conflicting forces that make real, substantive change in schools extremely challenging.
At the same time I have a keen interest in how technology has been changing the social landscape and influencing every aspect of life. The trend to ‘digitize’ everything is one of the most significant forces influencing life in every sphere – political, business, and mission driven work.
The world has changed drastically and schools haven’t kept up with those changes. When Apple announced the iPad I was inspired to develop this web site as a resource for people exploring the use of the iPad in schools but also as a way for me to keep up with what I believe is a potentially ‘disruptive’ innovation for learning. It’s possible that the gap between what happens in schools and what happens in the rest of life can be closed some by using this tool.
Honestly, I didn’t have a plan or a really clear picture of what I wanted the site to be. It started as a way to profile and highlight the use of Apple’s iPad in schools. I imagined writing reviews of applications, showing the iPad in use by teachers and students, and writing about unique and innovative educational experiences using the iPad. The site has NOT been set up as a money making venture. That said, I’ve also included some advertisements on the site. If anyone clicks on the ads and makes a purchase I will receive a small ‘commission.’ I appreciate and am grateful for any support that comes through this means.
So far the site is more of a journal – chronicling the ever expanding take up and use of the iPad in schools and attempting to reflect back some of the learning that implementers are experiencing. It has generated some interest but as of yet a ‘community’ hasn’t formed around it. We’ll see where it all leads…
I’m quite interested in your comments and feedback.