Friday, February 1, 2008

The Technology Toolbox

Here's a great analogy from a great blog about integrating technology.
  • There is a specific tool for every job, but you might be able to make a different tool work if you tinker enough.
  • You might require several tools to complete a larger task.
  • You should always have a small selection of tools at your disposal in case of emergency.
  • If a new tool is invented that does the job better/faster/easier, a professional would use that one.
  • You only get the full effectiveness out of some tools if use them together (like a hammer and a chisel to carve a sculpture).
  • There are more tools than anyone one person could use in a lifetime, but some will become indispensable to your practice.

The thing to remember with any toolbox is that you need to know what you want to accomplish before
you choose your tool. I find lots of teachers often try to make one
tool fit many purposes because that’s the tool they’re comfortable
with, or that’s the tool they hear other teachers talking about. The
most important feature of the toolbox is picking the right tool for the job at hand.

Kim goes on to describe a variety of web tools and the purposes for which these tools might be used. You can also check out her presentation on this topic (slides only, no audio, but still pretty powerful).

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1 comment:

Mrs. Unruh said...

You're right about our becoming complacent with what makes us comfortable, even if the tool isn't necessarily the right one for the job. Snap-on, here I come!