30 years ago, when I started attending elementary school, there weren't many options for EdTech. I don't actually remember using computers until the 4th grade. Now, teachers are overwhelmed with so many different options of what their students can use in the classroom. How do educators choose?
There are two main questions educators needs to ask themselves before deciding which EdTech options to use:
1. Does it meet the learning needs of my students?
2. Will it enhance the learning experience/understanding of my students?
There are so many EdTech options that accomplish almost the same learning goals/needs. However, by understanding how each program or device works, educators can choose the one the truly meets their needs and will enhance the learning and understanding of their students.
As an example, FlipGrid has many of the same features of Seesaw. However, the look of the Seesaw website/app is much more geared to younger students, while the look of FlipGrid can be used across a much broader range of grade levels. Students in 9th grade would not have their learning enhanced using Seesaw, while students in 2nd grade would.
By answering these two questions, educators can choose the right EdTech option that meets the learning needs of their students AND enhances student learning experiences/understanding.
The Tech Lovin' Teacher: Ed Tech TOSA, 15+ year educator, tech enthusiast, curriculum creator