This is how much gear two blokes need for a three week Alpine climbing trip. Note the branding. there are a wide variety of brands. My philosophy when in the outdoors is to buy the best kit that I can afford. This means, buying kit that keeps me alive, as well as the gear that is on offer at the time. I also ensure that I have a huge range of gear so that I can take part in a wide range of activities.
This week, a few bloggers have reflected upon the upcoming Google Teachers Academy (GTA). The discussion about whether or not to apply has been of particular interest. I’m concerned that the GTA is being seen as one way of doing things. Is there a split opening up between the tools available? I hope not. Such a split would mean that learning is compromised, just like a division in outdoor gear would mean me falling in to the crevasse below.
My view? I have put my hat in to the ring for the GTA because although I am aware of the Google Tools, I’m not totally proficient in how they can support learning. I see the GTA as an opportunity to find out (although I am not assuming that I’ll necessarily be there!), to be inspired and to share. The fact that it falls within the summer holidays is a bonus.