Is keeping up with technology making your head spin?
As soon as you learn one tool, it changes. Or another, better one comes along to take its place. In fact, you barely have time to learn new tools. You have lessons to plan and papers to grade and meetings to attend and actual live human beings to teach.
You want to be more tech-savvy. You might even be feeling pressured by your school, by your colleagues, or by society in general to keep up with it. But there’s just no time.
Help is here.
The Teacher’s Guide to Tech is like an encyclopedia of ed tech tools. With this guide in hand, you're going stop feeling overwhelmed and start getting excited about how technology can help your students learn and help you do your job with more efficiency, more awareness, and more joy.
In this guide, we have gathered over 550 educational technology tools and grouped them into over 50 categories, including tools for assessment, note taking, parent engagement, interactive lessons, and so much more!
To introduce each category, we talk about how the tools in that collection can personalize learning, help you manage behavior or time, enhance collaboration, and allow students to explore their passions.
Then we take a few of the most popular or most interesting tools and look closely at each one: First, we give you a description of what the tool does in clear, simple language. Then we show you a screenshot of the tool in action. You'll also get a link to the tool’s website and a play button that takes you straight to a video showing how the tool works. If there’s another tool out there that’s similar to this one, we’ll give you a link to that so you can check it out.
If you want to look at the other tools in the same category, you can easily click around to compare them. Because all of this is happening on a PDF, and you’re not waiting for different website pages to load, it’s crazy fast.
And there’s more! A glossary of over 130 tech terms helps you understand the jargon you hear when people talk about tech.
To make the tools even easier to find, the guide also includes a completely hyperlinked index of terms. So when you hear the name of a tool and you have no idea what it does, you can come here, go to the page where we describe it, and quickly get up to speed.
You can keep this PDF on your laptop, desktop, even on a tablet. And we created the whole guide on 8.5 by 11-inch paper, so you can also print it out and stick it in a binder.
New in 2022
For the 2022 edition, we have added over 115 new listings, including three brand-new sections on digital literacy, social and emotional learning, and video conferencing. Along with those, we have new sub-sections on teacher micro-credentialing, screen-free coding tools, and platforms that combine video conferencing with virtual reality.
Along with that, we've updated the information on all the fantastic tools that were in last year's guide, so everything is as current as possible.
Right now, tens of thousands of people are developing mind-blowing, creative tools that can equip you to teach more effectively, save a lot of time, and empower your students. The Teacher's Guide to Tech brings their work to you.
We can't wait to see what you're going to do with it.
After spending over 11 years in the classroom, both at the K-12 level and the college level, I created my website, Cult of Pedagogy, to be a place where teachers could fully geek out on teaching. Since 2013, I've been researching and sharing effective teaching practices, exploring the social and emotional stuff that impacts our work, sampling the tech tools that help us along the way, and looking inside real classrooms to learn from teachers who are thinking outside the box.
Now I've created the Cult of Pedagogy Classroom as a place where teachers can focus on improving specific skills in a self-paced environment.
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