I have seen posts about the 50 best programs out there and I have seen people share amazing resources. I love that there are people out there who are always chasing the next thing. I think it is a great thing... for them, but not for me. Does that mean that I am not innovative? No.
That is something that I have had to convince myself over the past 2 years. Here is my context. For the past 2 years I have been either the secondary EdTech TOSA (Teacher On Special Assignment) or the interim Director of EdTech for a LARGE school district. That being said, if there is a program that I would like to implement in schools or see used widely, with fidelity, there are 2400 teacher who need to be trained in said program.
For the context where I work, I am done chasing shiny objects (programs that seem cool for a bit). I have found a set of programs that I could use to teach a different type of lesson each of the 185 days of the school year. Does it mean that I am not innovative for limiting myself? I don't think that it does. Sir Ken Robinson would say that I am a "divergent thinker." Some might call me creative, some lazy, and others would say that I am vanilla. The negative of the descriptions would only apply if you have never seen how I use the programs.
I use the following programs:
- Google Slides
- Google Sheets
- Google Forms
- Google Docs
- Awesome Screenshot