Some of my favorite low tech tools. Old
fashioned? Maybe. But they still work--
without an internet connection.
I know technology can freak people out. Trying to learn about tools can be intimidating, frustrating, time consuming, and feel scary. Although I don't believe that being "techy" is necessary, I do think it benefits students significantly when teachers are willing to take risks to learn about tech tools and social networking. Like the writing process and reading process, I think sharing your technology process with students is useful. Web tools and apps are just tools. I recently surprised some colleagues when I submitted that I didn't like using the iPad to do running records because I could do it faster on paper. In addition, I could focus on the whole reader and their reading behaviors instead of gazing into the iPad screen. It doesn't mean that I won't use my iPad or an app to assist with record keeping, assessment, or instruction. In fact, if someone took my iPad away, I would probably go through withdrawal. I love an engaging app as much as the next person but technology needs to work for me and meet my instructional needs, not the other way around. But in order for teachers to know what tools are useful for them, they need to experiment. Smart pragmatic teacher voices are needed in the tech and app world.