When it comes to Educational Technology, it can feel a little bit like trying to pick from the butter isle.
Want to incorporate formative assessment into your classroom? There are about 100 options!
Interested in using a learning management system? Another 100+ options!
Choice if usually heralded as a good thing. But if there are too many options, two things can happen:
- Some people get overwhelmed and choose nothing.
- Some people get excited and try everything
Both responses are bad and will not lead to lasting change and impact that we are seeking.
If you plan on using technology in your classroom, you need to pick an anchor technology. This is the tool or platform that will serve as the foundation for your classroom and will help guide future decisions.
Here are some popular technology anchors:
- Google Apps for Education (now called G Suite for Education)
- Office 365 from Microsoft
- iOS from Apple
This is NOT an exhaustive list; just a few representative tools.
Google Apps for Education is my anchor technology. Anytime I am looking to solve a classroom problem I first look to see if there is solution within the core products of Google Apps (Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Sites, Etc). If not, I look for external products that integrate with Google Apps. I rarely use a product that does not somehow integrate with Google Apps.
Don't wander around the web looking for the next big thing or get distracted by something new and shiny. Figure out what works for you and use that as the filter for future technology decision.
What's your technology anchor?