Tanner Higgins, Director of Commonsense Education, posts a paper, What Makes a Good EdTech Tool Great that is, well, common sense! With experience in editing many reviews of online tools, he outlines seven points that developers would be wise to heed and cites examples of good practice:
- Listen to teachers and students
- Identify a real, solvable problem
- Do an exhaustive competitive analysis
- Create clear, concrete messaging
- Focus on learning design
- Make privacy a priority
- Give teachers and students agency
It’s worth a read!
Tablets are great devices! Tablets are an excellent tool for education! However, why have schools been so quick to purchase class sets? “Yes, we must have iPads; no, we’re not sure why and how we will use them”. We know that there are difficulties with sharing a device which is intended to be personal; we know that storage of data on the device is an issue; we know that classroom and device management can be tricky. Here’s a sensible article on the benefits and challenges of iPads in the classroom.
The discussion is also worth following.
This list of apps from John Clear, IT Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, is of those he regards as essential for the classroom. All are free except iMovie.
We’re all talking about and playing with iPads. But how best to use them for sound educational purposes? This blog from Dr Jenny Lane at Edith Cowan University is part of the TIPS project aimed at guiding and supporting teachers as they use iPads in the classroom. There is a wealth of information, including mapping apps to Blooms taxonomy.