Maximize EdTech Tools without Overwhelming Yourself

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Matt WatsonMatt Watson, Maker Outreach Director

What is your most used emoji?


If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

French toast! I love breakfast at any time of day! But I can still mix up the side dish each day, right? Bacon today, fried egg tomorrow, hash browns…

What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve traveled?

Ecuador. I lived there for five years. Ecuador offers lush rainforest, some of the highest mountains and volcanoes in the world, gorgeous and secluded coastal communities, and the Galapagos Islands!

What’s your favorite quote?

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman

What is the “why” for this week’s “Making Magic”? 

Distance learning is a huge challenge for all of us.  And we know it’s important to make the most of the educational technology (EdTech) that is available to us. However, it can be overwhelming out there! There are so many tools available. It’s tough to sort the good from the bad. And to be honest, even if we could weed out the bad, it would still be overwhelming.

This Week’s Focus

Keep It Simple: Maximize the EdTech Tools You Already Use

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How can we leverage EdTech to engage our learners without overwhelming ourselves?

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The pandemic has forced us to depend on educational technology (EdTech) to deliver instruction, and we have more tools available to us than ever. But the sheer plethora (yeah, I said it) can be overwhelming. Read this blog post for tips on how to fight the overload.

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This 10-minute video reminds us to focus! Sure, it may be bursting with ads, including the host trying to sell us his book, but it is also filled with sage advice: “Quit trying to do so much, and get really good at a few things.” OK, OK, I know the presenters (including Steve Jobs) here focus on business and entrepreneurialism, but the truth still holds for EdTech! In fact, don’t even watch this video. Just remember that when it comes to platforms, apps, and other gadgets, find a few that work for you, your learners, and your content and get really good at them. Once you’re comfortable, you can add more.

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Ready for a little more? If you’re in the iLEAD Schools and Maker Learning Network, have you discovered “Tech Tip Tuesday”? Curated by the iLEAD EdTech Team and posted on the Commons on Tuesdays, Tech Tip Tuesday is a collection of EdTech tools, tips, and resources for you to consider. It’s created in Google Slides, so you always have access to past posts as well as this week’s! But remember, small bytes (see what I did there?) until you get good!

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Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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