My Tech Tool Strategy: Keep It Simple
Simplifying the number of tech tools you use in your classroom is a great way to maximize your effectiveness and efficiency.
Teachers are a unique group of people. We’re constantly bombarded with new technology and software designed to make our lives easier, but we can’t always take advantage of them. Simplifying the number of tech tools you use in your classroom is a great way to maximize your effectiveness and efficiency.
Simplicity is key when it comes to teaching. As an instructional technologist for 5 years, here are 3 tips that can help you get a great start to your new school year.
1. Don’t overload yourself with too many apps.
Simplicity is key when it comes to teaching! Simplify your tech tool strategy by using a few programs to manage all of the different aspects of your lessons. There’s not much benefit in having five apps that do the same thing. Instead, focus on the tech that you have been using and really dive deep and know all that the platform has available. You may be surprised as to how much we miss because we don’t dig into the tech tool and its possibilities.
2. Reflect on what works.
Take a little time to reflect on the apps that you have tried and write down what worked for you and your students. Start looking at those programs as an extension of your lesson plan rather than the tech being the center of your lesson. It is important to remember that tech is a tool to help you add a little “extra seasoning” to your already great lessons.
3. Work with your colleagues.
Talk to other educators in your district or building and share what has worked for you. Most teachers have a lot of great ideas that are quite different from yours, so don’t be afraid to hear them out! There’s no such thing as an educational expert when it comes to technology. You may think something is obvious while another teacher would find the same idea completely foreign. Share what works-especially if it helps keep things simple! Simplify by focusing on just a few apps and sharing those resources with others who might not know they need them yet.
As I get ready to start my 16th year in education and my 5th year as an Instructional Technologist, I have done, seen, and continue to learn many things and the key to my success both in the classroom and outside the classroom has always been keeping it simple.