“Could have, would have, should have,” is not really the best way for me to analyze what happened last year in my classroom. It was a “learning” year for everyone involved. I know that I learned the most from this new experience of teaching with technology. While I can berate myself and beat myself up for not being more preventative, I can say I did my best at the time. The way I handled the situation was to take the iPads away from the entire class for a month. All this did was create more work and copied paper for me. Grading became more laborious as well and I lost the instant feedback I previously had collected multiple times a day in quick assessments. As I have now spent time reading and re-reading the Professional Code of Ethics, I am embarrassed to admit that I was simply ignorant. I would like to believe that everyone makes mistakes many times a day and that no one is perfect 100% of the time. As a teacher in her first year of teaching with iPads, it was definitely a learning curve for all of us.
From this assignment I learned that we will always be scrambling to keep up in a world of ever-changing technology. Just as parents struggle to stay one step ahead (or at least very closely behind) their teenagers in regards to technology, education and professional ethics in technology will always struggle to keep up as well. I believe that while we can attempt to imagine all the possible scenarios of what “could” happen in our classrooms, we will never really know until something happens and goes wrong. Just like I scrambled to know what to do when a few students were cheating and the end result was the entire class losing their iPad, we often really won’t know until we’ve made the mistake that it was, in fact, a mistake. Just as technology is changing faster than we can imagine, the Code of Ethics will likely be changing just as rapidly to keep up.