Unlike Tao Tzu's words of "A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving", teaching does make me want to have a fixed plan, a goal. Or rather, different aims at different levels - one of them being that my students do take an interest in their own learning.
Over the past week, there has been a flurry of discussions and comments on Educational Technology in our classrooms and institutions; as a teacher who encourages the use of digital technology in classrooms, I too need to reflect on the purpose of whatever tool/platform I am using with students. Not every tool may be necessary. Not every tool may be appropriate for every contexts. That is something only the classroom teacher will be able to decide. As I curate and look into different tools, I wonder about their purposes and how they are able to foster inquiry and creativity among my students, for that, in my current F2F teaching context, is what more immediately relevant to me.
Audrey Watters points out how "Most ed-tech has done very little to support students’ agency as creators – not just as creators with digital technology but creators of digital technology." Despite agreeing, I must be practical, focus on my teaching context and the need to call my students' awareness to be more responsible in their learning process.
Hence, today I'd like to share another tool which is great for polls and quizzes - something to perk up students' visual interest as they reflect. Below is an example:
As you can though, when we create a quiz, we need to pay close attention to how we would like the results to appear for our students.
Apester is free, offers different images for slides, may include videos, and is fun for students to use. Simple, it is yet another way to perk up interest and awareness; and of course, may be adapted for revisions.
As for some of the recent discussions mentioned above, references are given below.
Digital literacies, need for creativity, the gift of giving voice and confidence to learners are constant in our practices. EdTech should be enabled to allow this without tech companies dictating to educators what to use in their teaching contexts.
Above: As seen in a shop window in Reykjavik
Below: Created with Word Dream
QuizSocket - Real time Quizzes
Ed-Tech Might Make Things Worse... So Now What? - Audrey Watters
Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else. - George Siemens
George Siemens says 'Adios Ed Tech. Hola something else' - Jon Dron