This article was written by guest author Julia Ewart. Julia is an experienced educator who has been working in educational technology for the last 8 years. She is able to inspire all types of educators to be innovative in their teaching approaches and curricular design. Julia is also a DC sports fanatic, dabbler of new recipes, and lover of sunshine!
Education is the only industry that is inundated with hundred of educational technology (edtech) tools. These myriad of tools exist to better both the practice of teaching and to help students learn.
When it comes to edtech professional development (PD), is introducing teachers to more tools always better? As an Educational Technologist, I often debate whether exposing teachers to many tools is more effective than encouraging them to take a deeper dive with a handful of tools. Of course, you have to know your audience, but overall, I think the latter is true. Here’s why:
So where does one begin? First, remember that going a mile deep is better than a mile wide. I recommend starting with a tool that has great range, one that can be used with many different content areas and in different capacities to meet varied learning goals. For example, a whiteboarding tool such as Educreations can be used to assess, publish, explain, and flip learning. With a bit of creativity, one tool can go a long way.
Stay tuned for a future article with more ideas on “tools with range.”
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