Tag Archives: instructional technology

Answer Garden: A case for simplicity in EdTech

Forgive me if I’ve grown disillusioned with ‘new features.’ It seems that every technology that rises to prominence based on a simple yet effective solution feels the need to expand services until it looks like every other bloated tool on the market. This doesn’t mean that tools should stand alone. Applications that can pass data to […]

With this technology, I thee wed

“I like you but I’m not ready for a commitment.” I find myself saying this often; not to people but to applications. Yes, I sometimes talk to technology. I find myself having this conversation not because the tool doesn’t accomplish something interesting or include a unique feature but because it wants me to shift all […]

Classroom opportunities for using student response tools

As the enrollment of a class increases, the ability to elicit student feedback and provide a personalized learning experience without assistance becomes increasing more challenging. Student response tools (also known as student response systems, class response system, polling software, clickers, etc…) include any application that allows for the input of individual or group responses that can […]

Concept mapping tools: What to choose?

Concept mapping stands apart from other visual mapping practices in that it includes connections between elements across the hierarchy. These cross links emphasize the complexity and nonlinear nature of many concepts, issues, and processes. Concept maps can be relatively simple, feature a few concepts and cross links, or can appear to take on the complexity […]

Clarifying Terminology: Mind Maps and Concept Maps

Terminology has a tendency to blend together when the person using it does not have a deep investment in the field from which the language originates. A person with little interest in technology, regardless of their daily interact with it, may refer to everything that plugs in on their desk as a “computer” while an IT […]