I announced through my social media accounts that I plan on learning a new language in 2013. Many of the comments were very positive, actually mirroring the same thoughts friends had but had not yet expressed. Others, only a few, were surprised at this announcement thinking that I was abandoning my roots. One friend, upon hearing this news, welcomed me to 'the dark side.' I had always thought that maintaining my roots kept me on the dark side. I guess it's all in how you look at things.
For the rest of you who may be wondering what the heck I'm talking about, here's the deal. In 2013 I'm going to become fluent in Android. Yes, that's right, Android!
I know what you're thinking. The iPad Guy learning Android! That's just, well, wrong. It goes against everything normal in the natural world! Yeah, not really.
Let's go back to the beginning of this blogging adventure, shall we. I became The iPad Guy because it was the easiest way for me to explain to the teachers at my school what my job was and why I was there. Had the tablets being issued through the grant that placed me there been Android tablets, I just as easily could have become The Android Guy. In that case this blog would have become I'm The Android Guy.
So, why the move to learn this new language? Your next question, I know. Easy answer, numbers!
Statistically speaking, Android devices worldwide outsell iOS devices in droves. The only reason for that is that the Android environment can be used on any number of different devices produced by any number of different manufacturers. iOS, well, is only available on Apple devices.
More importantly, I believe that more and more schools and districts will be adding tablets to their classrooms over the next few years. There's no guarantee, my district included, that the tablets added will be iPads. To be competitive, to stay on top of what's new and groundbreaking, one has to be continue to learn and master new skills. That, my friends, is the goal of learning Android.
To accomplish this goal I have just ordered a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the tablet that comes with the S pen. This S pen is really a Wacom pen that Samsung has customized for this tablet. I plan on blogging about my experiences with the tablet and letting you know how it compares, in my view, to the iPad. I've watched several head-to-head review videos on YouTube lately and they all place the iPad on top. The interesting thing about those videos was that none of them placed either tablet in an educational environment. That will be the common factor when I write about them.
Fear not, friends, all of my Apple stuff is just fine, well taken care of, charge up, and ready for its daily use!
It's just time to learn a new language...