When evaluation new digital tools for the classroom, I look at a few aspects of the tool. I first look at the usefulness of the new tool. I need to be able to see a way in which I can meaningfully incorporate it into my classroom. I then look past the idea and it’s usefulness and look at the features of the tool. The features need to be able to ultimately meet the goal or purpose for using the tool. I then look at how easy it is to use the tool. Sometimes tools have great ideas and features but they’re overly complicated and it overshadows the positives about the tools.
There are a few resources that I look to, when picking out digital tools. One resource is my school. They are constantly introducing new technology during trainings, professional development days and/or my colleagues. I also look at pinterest and now Ed Shelf. I believe this will be a great tool to share and compare. I really think that this reigns true with what Johnson states in the video, Where Good Ideas Come From. Johnson states thats it’s great to collaborate with others and get the missing piece to our own ideas.
I think that technology is such a huge component of school. Our school has provided students with Chromebooks and uses Canvas ans Google Applications. I terms of teaching, I use technology such as Get More Math and Canvas for my students to support their math learning needs. I also share alternative applications for calculators, in case students don’t have them. I share Khan Academy, as a supplemental resource. I also encourage students to use Quizlet, to study and have any note cards that have been created, at their fingertips.
Below is my Ed Shelf link:
All of the applications in my Ed Shelf are ones that I use on a daily basis. Some are ones that I use, to keep organized. Some are supplemental activities, thats students can sue or watch to review a concept or skill. Some of the applications are ones for studying. I also included the Calm app, I believe as teachers, we all need a way to relax and this app does that for me.
Johnson, S. (2010, September 17). Where good ideas come from. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU&feature=youtu.be