I have a minor addiction to new technology. But not just any technology. I’m looking for technology (ideally, free) that either makes my job easier or makes it easier for my students to learn.
Yes, I have students. I started teaching college students in Kansas as a grad student back in 1989, and I’m still teaching college students, but now in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at Highline Community College. If you’ve ever flown into Seattle, you’ve likely flown over my campus.
The tools I’ll be talking about aren’t always ones I’ve tried with my classes. I don’t believe in using new technology just for the sake of using new technology. It has to serve a pedagogical purpose. But just because a tool doesn’t work for what I’m trying to accomplish doesn’t mean it’s not useful for someone else. For example, psychology is my area, so I don’t have much need for math tools that can handle calculus, but when I come across such tools, I’ll be sure to fill you in.
Some of the technologies I discuss are well-established tools. Others are hot off the press; so hot, that they may still be in beta testing. Although, keep in mind that Google Docs and Gmail both spent years in beta testing. ‘Beta testing’ has more meaning in some circles than others.
Your comments are most welcome! If you’ve tried some of the technologies mentioned in this blog, let me know how they worked for you. If you’re trying to solve a particular pedagogical issue and are having trouble finding the right tool, let me know. If you come across a new tool that you think should get an airing here, let me know.
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