What Technology Does What: An #edtech Chart For Teachers
by TeachThought Staff
Okay, we’ve had this post half-finished for long enough that some of the apps we had here are no longer relevant, so we figured it was probably time to go ahead and publish it even if we couldn’t figure out the best way to format it.
This is what we hope will be an ongoing collection of the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom. We’d like to see it crowdsourced, so we may convert it to a public document/wiki-type file at some point. We’ll also try to add to it ourselves as technology suggests itself that we haven’t considered (or just plain forgot about). We’ll also try to add more links, categorize more neatly, etc.
We may even just crowdsource it–open it up as a wiki and let you add your expertise. If a list like this isn’t updated frequently–which takes a crowd–it’s next to worthless in a hurry. If you have an idea on how to optimally format a list like this, let us know in the comments.
What technology is generally useful?
…work with pdf files
…Save content privately
…Save content socially and/or elegantly
…Create a list of daily web reading (e.g., RSS)
…Self-direct their own learning
Depends on what they’re learning, of course. But fundamentally, using a framework (this one, for example), they could then use YouTube channels & iTunesU to access compelling content, WordPress to reflect on their ideas and progress, and twitter to publicize their thinking.
Find interesting content daily
What hardware should I be using?
…Consume media, use touch-friendly apps
Smartphones, Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, Microsoft Surface
…Perform basic technology functions (e.g. browsing the web, basic word processing)
Google Chromebook, Toshiba Satellite laptops
…Perform processor-heavy tasks (e.g., design, video editing, desktop publishing, etc.)
Desktops from Macs to Windows computers from Dell, etc.; Macbook and Macbook Pro
…Perform universal tablet tasks (e.g., browse the web, use common apps, access inexpensive games for game-based learning, stream video content)
Apple iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface
…Give/receive feedback instantly
…Follow live marking of a document or manipulation of a small object
Standalone: ELMO document camera, overhead; iPad
What technology will help improve student literacy?
Learn to read: Phonics
Learn to read: Comprehension
Share what they love to read
Improve reading speed
Learn to write
Boomwriter, Kidblog, Sentence Builder
Learn new words
Use a cloud-based word processing
Google Drive (simple, but crude); Microsoft Word (probably a better choice, but it depends on what “ecology” students are plugged into); Zoho Docs
Write for themselves (mostly text)
Write for others (mostly text)
Find their voice as writers
What technology helps foster creativity?
Socially Brainstorm Solutions To Problems
To be added…
Create Open Digital Worlds
Tablet, PS4/5, Xbox, PC, Smartphone: Minecraft
What technology is meant for learning and research?
Conduct research on an iPad or PC
Perform academic research
Save content socially
Pinterest, scoopit, Stumbleupon,
Ask a simple question
twitter, tumblr, reddit
Ask a complex question
Quora, reddit, blogging
Share what they know
See curiosity modeled about every day things modeled by an expert
Smarter Every Day (can you tell we love this channel?)
Get Involved In Projects
Create concept maps
Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Excel
Learning by Making
Print 3D Objects
What are some examples of publishing technology?
…Publish Simple eBooks
…design and layout more complex eBooks
What technology is tailored for collaboration?
…Collaborate on projects
…Share small files with small groups
Email, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive
…Share large files with larger groups
Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Box
What tech can be used to create digital media?
Record simple video
Any moderately modern smartphone, Flip Cameras, etc.; tablets
Record dynamic video from unique perspectives
…Take Stop Motion Video on an iPad
Create original video content
Create interactive video content
Create animated gifs
Create Video Games
What technology is helpful for learning coding?
…Learn to code on an iPad
…Learn to code on a PC
Code Academy, Hour of Code
Create a video blog
Create a podcast
Curate their own work in digital portfolios
Curate their own work in social digital portfolios
Take Handwritten Digital Notes on an iPad
Notability, Notes Plus, Penultimate
Socialize with the masses
WordPress, KidBlog, Google+, twitter, facebook, tumblr, start a YouTube channel
Socialize with small groups
Google+ closed community, private twitter accounts, texting, blogging
Take quick digital notes
Take in-depth digital notes
Notes Plus, Microsoft OneNote
What technology is focused on academic learning?
Practice math skills
Sites/Apps: Khan Academy
Be exposed to math content/new ways of thinking about math
YouTube Channels: Numberphile
Be exposed to science content/new ways of thinking about science
Learn a new language
Extend Academic Learning
Access Flipped Classroom Content
Que (To be categorized)
- Soo Meta
- The Sandbox
- Anotate http://a.nnotate.com/