Today, I am speaking with aspiring educators about using technology in the classroom, so I decided to put the materials I would provide for them in one blog post. That way, if they ever lose the materials, then they can come back here to find them. Plus, you all can have them as well.
Our motto when using technology should always be this: Do not use technology for the sake of using technology. You should always begin by considering your content and then deciding which strategies and tools will be most effective for that content rather than trying to force a technology into your classroom that’s not a good fit for the students or lesson.
In my educational technology program, we learned about a teaching model called TPACK. It looks like this:
There are SO many great educational technology tools out there. Sometimes, it feels like there are too many. We could all spend forever perusing all of the resources at our fingertips! Thus, there are some questions you should ask yourself before deciding to use a particular technology in the classroom. (One of the questions that I did not include in my image is whether or not students can access this tool outside of the classroom, but that question would fall under “ease of use.”)
Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself about a particular technology:
Here are some tools I have found really useful:
Here is a clickable PDF of the same image: 10 Ed Tech Tools (some of my favorites)
I hope you found these images helpful. Always remember that I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to sound off in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.