Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments
Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning
I worked in an international school where implemented a BYOD program for years. As the tech teacher in Kindergarten for three years and an EdTech person in the school, I did much research on how to manage digital tools and resources and how to select appropriate technologies for younger students during learning in DEL Master’s Degree program.
In my blog: Digital Learning in Kindergarten, I explained the importance of building a solid foundation for kindergarten students to explore the digital world. Early educators should mindfully determine what digital tools can be used in the classroom. I mentioned three C’s standard for selecting adaptive and assistive technologies for younger students. Digital tools and resources should allow younger students to have authentic learning, drive them to think and question, and allow them to create. In this blog, I recommended teachers use Common Sense Media as the platform to maintain and manage various digital tools and contribute reliable reviews and commands on the digital tools they used which are helpful and valuable for peers. And the Digital Tool Review table can help teachers to evaluate the digital tools to have a clear direction to support student learning.
As the Tech teacher in an international school, I always do many researches on what technologies can be adaptive and assistive to support my students learning in the multi-cultural environment. Most of my students are TCK ( Third Culture Kids) who are vulnerable and too shy to express themselves. In my class, they always separate themselves into different groups by nationalities. I want to use appropriate technologies to promote collaboration and communication in my class to have my students understand diversity and foster them to be global collaborator and communicator and get equipped for the 21st century.
In my blog: Creative Communicator and Global Collaborator, I brought up several adaptive and assistive digital tools which can facilitate TCK to lead effective communication and collaboration with peers who come from different countries. The digital story telling tools can scaffold students to express their ideas effectively and clearly without pressures which allow them to practice with no-limited of time before sharing to peers and also grow up confidence in communication. Web 2.0 is the best digital platform for students to have meaningful collaboration.
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