Unit 6: Selecting and adopting technology tools
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Think about what's already in your toolbox both for teaching face-to-face and online. Before you move forward and explore new technology tools, think about making an inventory of what you currently use, and what your preferences are for providing content, developing interaction, and performing assessment.
Similarly, think about the technology tools that you use outside of education. Do you use social media to interact with friends and family? Do you play online games? Do you search for gardening tips online? Do you watch instructional videos to learn how to fix something around the house? Each of these are learning events in your life, powered by the same technology tools that you will be integrating into your online teaching.
Understanding your comfort level with technology is a first step. From there you can take on the role of explorer to find the tools that will best help your students progress along their learning journeys.
Now check to see if you are correct:
The categorisations of technology tools presented in this exercise are the obvious ones – but they are not set in stone. For example, you might use a student blog for peer or teacher assessment purposes.
Explore information related to your institution's account access, available tech...
User groups, peer communities, and professional conferences are all important for staying current with the technology tools for online teaching. Each allows you to review current research, exemplar projects, effective practices, and success stories from around the world. They will also connect you to others interested in discussing effective practices for technology use, and experts who can help when you need guidance.
Joining a community of practice is the best way to stay on top of evolving technology tools and approaches. As you move forward using technology tools in your online teaching, take some time to search for networking and professional development opportunities at your institution and around the world so that you will have resources available when you need them.
community of practice
Groups of people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain of human endeavour (e.g. shared work).
Consider the following questions. For each question, pause to consider which of the responses best reflect(s) your context. How might your colleagues respond to these questions?
Remember to reach out to find communities of practice related to your discipline as well. In many cases you will find resources for integrating technology tools and approaches related to your specific area of practice, and colleagues who can help guide your review and integration process.
Explore information related to your institution's account access, available technology tools, and where to find documentation and training. Also search out information related to professional development and conferences.