Newbies and Peer support : the safest way to go!!
A lot has been written so far about the new web 2.0 educational contexts usability, a lot of applications have been presented, a lot of media analysed, a lot of tools commented.
With EdTech news feeds crowding up teachers “RSS aggregators” and educational sites/ magazines/blogs (e.g. edtech K-12, Getting Smart, Education World, EmergingEdtech) stuffed with astronomically growing numbers of all sorts of cloud based educational resources, programs, promotional messages and reviews of all types and formats, there come times educators feel helpless when having to decide which edtech choice would be most appropriate to different teaching circumstances, especially, when low web 2.0 familiarisation degree and school media specialist absence are the case.
If time is not an issue, then the best approach would be to experiment. However, if there is only a relatively brief timespan, then peer recommendations are the safest way to go!!
When undecisive on the applicability or learning impact of an edtech tool, it’s advisable to have a look at the edshelf where fellow teachers’ ratings help make the right choices for your classroom. Next, take your pick from Edubloggers Directory to stay updated on peer reviews, successful tech integration strategies, articles on current trends and latest research outcomes.
Networking, collaborating, connecting, communicating with other educators will soon enough ensteel your confidence and enhance your ability to put together lots of valuable resources in no time just like the ones in my 4iDesk Livebinder Shelf and at this point I feel the need to express my appreciation to Tina and Barbara @LiveBinders for their unique inspiration to find ways to assist educators putting in order the webtech chaos to our greater benefit!!