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As schools open their doors and students open their minds to another year of learning, we as educators are inspired by the possibilities of a clean slate and a fresh perspective. As you begin to construct new learning opportunities for your classroom, it’s important to evaluate the role of technology. We know it has the power to differentiate and empower learner-led instruction. But, where do we begin?

 

First, remember the golden rule of technology –  Let the task determine the tech! Technology should enhance learning and provide students voice and choice as they demonstrate understanding. What it shouldn’t do is serve as an afterthought or disconnected addition to your instructional goals. It’s okay if you don’t get it right the first time, which leads us to the second rule – fail forward! Don’t hesitate to try something new just because you aren’t at a mastery level. Mastery only comes with practice!  

 

Keeping these nuggets of wisdom in mind, here are ten fundamental tools that never disappoint when it comes to edtech integration. Whether you are looking to foster increased collaboration, promote higher-order thinking, or simply inspire creativity, fill your digital toolbox with these proven resources and build the classroom you’ve always wanted.

 

Have some great ideas on how to put these tools to the test? Share with us @edvergent and #iTeachDigital!

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Download the infographic PDF here!

 

About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.

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