How to Choose Edtech, Courtesy of Twitterverse

How to Choose Edtech, Courtesy of Twitterverse

By Katrina Stevens     Jul 24, 2013

How to Choose Edtech, Courtesy of Twitterverse

Whoa! 1,073 tweets, from 119 people over the course of an hour! That's a virtual firehose of information.

On Monday, people gathered (virtually) re #edtechchat to share tips, best practices (and even a few warnings) about how to choose technology. Moderator Katrina Stevens has pulled a handful of the comments. Feel free to explore the online archive of the whole chat for more details. Even better: the group will be at it again next Monday evening (8pm ET; 5pm PT) Join in!

How do you choose edtech tools?

@harrell_art The learner is the center. Use technology as a tool to engage the learner rather than the focus.

@SrtaLisa The learning goal still needs to drive the lesson. Must consider if tech helps or complicates that.

Sometimes you have to be the guinea pig & be the first teacher in your school to try edtech tools. Someone has to be first.

@Jepson you need #edtech that ENHANCES your curriculum, your teaching, and students...not dominates.

@SaneeBell Tools are like shoes. Not all tools will fit every teacher and every classroom.

What should administrators do?

@nathan_stevens Admins should curate tools and have a portfolio of options for teachers. don't have to know how to use, but exist

@hparcher Ts need to realize engaging with tech is no longer optional. Ss need skills & 2 become dig. citzns. Who else will model that?

@ryanhorne0076 Qs to ask: how much PD is required? what’s real cost of tool? Is it “beta”? How much experimentation do u like?

@hparcher Do we want kids learning Digital Citizenship on the back of the bus or in a classroom with a qualified teacher?

We need to devote more, small group, teacher-led PD to integration of good edtech tools. Share lessons that work.

@iplante play with any tool yourself first..don't put in students hands until you understand it

@MrPardalis: Too many tools can equal student and teacher confusion if you aren't tech savvy. Not necessary to jump ship for every new tool

@engtechwriter Beware the sheen of smthg new. Not all that glitters is good. Seek to see it in action in your room.

@ShawnCRubin I hate free that isn't free! Don't say free if you only give me enough to test product. Be clear that free is not usable!


In my dream world there is a room at school where Ts can practice tech on each other, and try things out.

@RafranzDavis: Don't tie the tool to the task. Assign the task & let the task guide the tool

@s_bearden: As a tech director I like to know about different tools so I can support tchers interested in using them.

@iplante: I learn about so many tools from my PLN...the key to helping others take the Connected road

@hparcher: device agnostic. no need for S emails. Easy to set-up/maintain/update/whatever & more about creation vs. consumption

The best tools are naturally intuitive, I don't have to read a manual to learn them

A powerful tool is one that helps my students share their voice and for me to witness & document their understanding

As a side note, a few folks mentioned bandwidth as issue: @mrvandersluis: bandwidth is big issue especially for a rural school like mine @techie_teach: bandwidth is huge conversation in Mississippi because of the #CommonCore

Again, thanks to all who joined in. The fun begins again next Monday evening at #edtechchat

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