Here is my 10 Things post from week 1 revised in week 14…
There is a lot of tech that can be used in education and used well. Here are some tips (in no particular order) when looking to tackle the latest educational technology has to offer.
- Experiment. It’s amazing what is available, don’t be afraid to try a few things and find a good fit that adds-value to your instruction & your students’ learning. I STAND BY THIS STATEMENT AFTER WEEKS OF EXPERIMENTING AND I DID NOT TURN INTO A MAD SCIENTIST (MORE LIKE THESE GUYS…)
- Things will go wrong – that’s okay! Apologize, make it a teachable/relatable (hey I’m human too) moment and forge on. Try to have a back-up in mind. THE FACT THAT TECH IS EVER-CHANGING & VERY FLUID CAN BE POINTED OUT HERE. JUST WHEN YOU LEARN TO LOVE SOMETHING IT CAN DISAPPEAR. WE LEARNED ABOUT VINE EARLY IN THIS COURSE, THEN AT THE END OF OCT. (AFTER 3 YEARS OF EXISTANCE) IT WAS SHUT DOWN.
- Keep usability/accessibility in mind. Is it free? Does it work with various platforms? What about students with adaptive tech needs? ADDITIONALLY: DOES IT REQUIRE THE STUDENTS TO COMPLETE USERNAME AND PASSWORD CREATION; AND, IF SO, DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR THAT IN CLASS? IF IT IS AN APP OR TOOL ON A SHARED DEVICE ARE THERE PRIVACY ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF?
- Collaborate! Trying new tech is always easier with a buddy (like going to the gym!) I bet your librarian is willing to pitch-in with the heavy lifting (to keep the gym analogy going). STILL TRUE!
- Try to integrate tech that helps students create (reach for the highest level of Bloom’s taxonomy). EXPLORED THIS FURTHER AS WE TRIED MORE TECH AND APPS OUT FOUND THIS ARTICLE THAT IS A BIT DATED BUT IT HAS A GREAT BREAKDOWN AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF VISUALS OUT THERE TOO (PYRAMIDS AND WHEELS), EVEN DEVICE SPECIFIC TOO… SOMETHING FOR MY BULLETIN BOARD
- You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Look at what your colleagues are doing, attend professional deveopment opportunities, ask your librarian or tech specialist, or look online (just don’t fall down the rabbit hole with the latter). IT REALLY IS SO EASY TO FALL INTO THE RABBIT HOLE… VISIT THE SITES IN NUMBER 7, AND (AS I STARTED DOING FOR A LATER WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT) FOLLOW KNOWN LMS, LIBRARIANS AND ED TECH TWITTER USERS OR BLOGGERS
- Check out sites like these that recommend tech and tech sites to follow: Keeping Up With The EdTech Surge | Steven J. Bell, ACRL online (2014) & TechMatters: Keep on Keeping Up: Resources for Monitoring Developments in Educational Technology | Krista Graham, LOEX Quarterly (2014)
- Try having students lead the demonstration of a new tech tool. Maybe even involve them with the experimenting and selecting as a part of the lesson. OUR PDP DESIGN WEEK GOT ME THINKING THIS COULD BE A GREAT FLIPPED CLASSROOM APPROACH WITH FACULTY IN A WORKSHOP AS WELL! AS EXPERIENCED IN THIS COURSE, USING THE TECH MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE.
- As long as privacy can be protected (according to standards for your students/school) use tech to showcase what your students are doing with tech by sharing it on a Wiki, blog, website or social media tool. OUR SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK REMINDED ME THAT THIS APPLIES TO OUTREACH TOO! HAVE INTERACTIVE CONTESTS OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, HAVE STUDENTS CREATE SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIFIC CONTENT FOR THE LIBRARY.
- Don’t just use tech for tech’s sake. The cool or wow factor can be tempting, but the tech really has to serve a purpose, so have your outcome in mind first then find the tech that fits best. BE WARY OF THE
Bell, Steven J. (2015, Aug.). Keeping Up with… the EdTech Surge. ACRL Keeping Up With… Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/keeping_up_with/edtech
Graham, K. (2014). TechMatters: Keep on Keeping Up: Resources for Monitoring Developments in Educational Technology. LOEX Quarterly, 41, 1, 6-7.
Olson, K. (2008, Jan. 12). 10 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Technology. Classroom 2.0. Message posted to: http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topic/show?id=649749%3ATopic%3A96384