In the recent article “Five Things I Want Teachers to Know About EdTech,” student and tech enthusiast Collin Sullivan perfectly said what I’ve known about EdTech tools since I started in this field:
If you aren’t having fun, you’re using the wrong one. These tools are supposed to eliminate stress – or at least reduce the amount of stress. If you aren’t enjoying edtech, your students probably aren’t either.
Isn’t that the bottom line for tech integration? For online learning, I think this is even more important. Teaching and learning online
present the opportunity demand that learning be personalized and fun. That students and teachers find the tools that work best for them, that make life easier, and that minimize the obstacles between curiosity and creation. As we wrap up March’s The Quick Fix challenge, I am reflecting on and compiling the many resources I’ve seen. When I find a new tech tool that makes me life easier, I feel like this:
And I make sure everyone knows about it.
Until the list is a full-blown page on the blog, here’s a Google Doc of some tools we (and our teacher friends) are enjoying.