Patrick Higgins, a member of my PLN on Twitter, recently advised a follower to
"take the focus away from the tools. Ask them [teachers] what they want their students to do first, then find what best fits."This is a message that I've heard - and used myself - before, but it bears repeating.
Too often those who are technically adept, or at least aware, try to convince others to try new technology tools, teach new skills, to their students. This may lead to failure for a number of reasons:
- the listener is less knowledgeable about the digital world than the speaker
- the listener perceives the tools as an add-on rather than an integral part of teaching process
- the speaker overwhelms the listener with too much information
- the tool is inappropriate for the task
As with clothing, one size rarely fits all.
"A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool." -Henry Ward Beecher
"Inside a Toolbox" by Siomuzzz