Top tools?

I feel like in the past year I’ve been surveyed to death, but each time I sit down to complete one, I trust that whomever is compiling the results of said survey will use the data for good. Not evil. In an attempt to “make sense” of the plethora of online resources/networks/communities/tools that are available to educators, I will be surveying district elementary staff to determine their:

a) current comfort level with the technologies/tools within our district

b) desired uses of these tools to impact student learning

c) professional development needs with these tools

d) experience in using online tools for learning

e) participation in PLNs – both online and face-to-face organizations

We are working to compile a resource site where the best 5-10 resources are easily made available to teachers for use with students, complete with tutorials and professional development opportunities/support to help the technologies be successfully integrated into the classroom.

I’d love to hear from my PLN about their “go-to” resources and tools. If you could only use 5 online resources with elementary students, what would they be? If you could master the use of any 5 technologies, which ones would you choose? Why?

I consider myself lucky to be surrounded and supported by experts in education and educational technology through my PLN. Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new, and I wish the same for my teachers and students. Hopefully this resource will be a step in the right direction.

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