Innovations should be readily implementable in real classroom learning experiences, and stem from recommendations from educators, by educators (Ellsworth 2001; Fullan 2006; Katz 2013).

Using the a challenge you’ve identified, find an app, hardware, or tech tool that might help you address it. You can use anything you may have in mind. It doesn’t need to be expensive, or fancy. Create a plan to implement the tool in upcoming classes, and record your proposed solution in this Padlet.

Then follow through.

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If you’re not sure what tech to try, jump down to our recommended tech.

Innovations also need to stay on top of a moving target. The world of tech moves quickly, and there will always be new tools, pilots and initiatives.

Many educators also feel unsure of where to go to get good information, or how colleagues are using technology, or what relevance tech may have for their own teaching.

So let’s take a look at some sources of good information:

Tech For Teaching Tips Site

Link to visit the Tips site.

Visit the Tech For Teaching Tips website. This site holds many of the recommended apps for Conestoga educators (and is growing daily). Maybe you’re looking for a new presentation app or formative feedback tool, or want to learn how to do a screen recording.

This site has tried and true tech suggestions and supports for educators at our college. It also comes with tips for implementing it in your classroom from knowledgeable colleagues, and support from our team.

Online Lists

Other educators are a rich source of experience and information. The internet is a robust resource for educators, and there are certainly a lot of lists of the top 472 tools to try in teaching this year.

This one source collects the yearly top tools, into a clickable map. These are voted for by educators all over the globe. In particular, take a look at the top 10.

clickable map
Unfortunately, this is just a screenshot. Click through to the source for the clickable map and a searchable table.

Visit the site, and use the table to order the apps by category, to help you find a tool that suits your learner challenge.

Experiment with Something New

If you do try something new and out of the box, here are some tips:

  • Be sure to read the privacy policy, and be up front with students if the app collects any of their data. They should always be in control of their own digital footprint.
  • Back away from tools that collect too much personal information. Most only need an email and some basic demographic information.
  • Be wary of tools that don’t have support information on their websites, or require an upfront cost. Most tools have free accounts, so you can determine if it has value before you commit.

References

Ellsworth, J. (2001). A survey of educational change models. Teacher Librarian, 29(2), 22.

Fullan, M. (2006) Change Theory – A force for school improvement.” Centre for Strategic Education, 157, 3-14.

Katz, S. (2013). “What counts as professional learning?” [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/jtRzHajGQ2A