Today I spent sometime reflecting on the tools I want to leverage when designing my online learning infrastructure. In doing so, I went back and revisited a 2013 opening keynote presentation I gave at the Fall CUE Conference in which I challenge teachers, and myself, to develop an "Ed Tech Mission Statement". Click here to view the entire presentation.
The idea is simple: In order to not get overwhelmed with myriad of tools out there, many of which are being increasingly advertised to teachers given the current situation, as educators, we must decide on our respective, AUTHENTIC pedagogies, and choose tools that align with them.
For me, I am only looking for tools (as argued in the video), that relate to 1. Sparking Student Curiosity, 2. Tracking Student Curiosity and 3. Quenching Student Curiosity. For the past 10+ years I have been searching for tools that do the above three things well, and those things only. This has been my lens and this lens will not change as I move into this new phase.
Keeping the above in mind, below are the tools I will be exploring over the next nine days. My goal is SIMPLIFY and STREAMLINE the deliver. Thus, I am confident only a few of the below tools will ultimately be used, but for now, below are the contenders:
Google Drive (Tracking)
Google Docs (Tracking/Quenching)
Google Forms (Sparking/Tracking)
Circuits on TinkerCad (Quenching)
Reverse Engineering (Sparking)
PDF Element (Quenching)