Technology is transforming education and with so many free Edtech tools, the teaching and learning opportunities are endless!
Teaching with technology enhances the learning experience through the richness of opportunities it provides, however, selecting the best Edtech tool can often be challenging.
Concerns over ease of use, cost, and lengthy registration forms can often deter educators from using many of the tools available. Additionally, researching what would be the best Edtech tool for a simple recall-based activity, to then trying to find something to support collaboration with a compare and contrast task, can be time-consuming.
To address these concerns, this website takes traditional teaching activities, of varying complexity, and then provides suggestions on which Edtech tools can be used to enhance. Rather than just providing a random list of activities, I have also ranked different teaching activities according to the potential complexity.
The teaching activities below have been applied to Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DoK) framework, which is a useful way of categorising teaching activities according to the demands being placed on the student. Webb proposed that there were four different levels of complexity or depths of knowledge: recall of information, the development of skills and concepts, short term strategic thinking and long term thinking.
Webb advised that educators should design their teaching activities around the desired cognitive demands to be placed on the student. Level 1 recall and reproduce was determined to involve the least complex activities and level 4 long-term thinking involves a high cognitive expectation. Students do not have to move through the levels in any set order but Webb did note that activities should not always be from the same level.
Click on any of the four images below for ideas on different teaching activities, with suggestions of how to enhance with free online Edtech tools.
Suggested Teaching Activities and Edtech- Level 2
Suggested Teaching Activities and Edtech – Level 3
- Mood boards– with Canva and Padlet
- Optomist/Pessimist – with Popin and Grammarly
- Case studies – with Paperity
- Field trips – with Mindmeister, GoogleMaps and GmapGIS
- Inference and Deduction – with anchor charts
- Transcribe and relate – with Twitter and Wordnik
- Ethical considerations– with Microsoft Forms
- Debates – with Debate graph
- T-charts or Venn diagrams – with Creately, Google and Canva
- Analyse this – with The National Archives, Google Docs, Google Scholar and Peergrade
- Classify me- with iSpot, iNaturalist and BioBlitz
Suggested Teaching Activities and Edtech – Level 4
- Escape rooms – with Socrative, Quizizz or Thinglink
- Reverse case study
- Hoax design – with Pocket and Evernote
- Past artefacts – with GoSoapBox
- Then and Now – with Adobe Spark
- Conclusions – with iRubric
- Ill-structured problems – with Google and AnswerGarden
- Project-based learning – with Edutopia, Socrative and Mendeley
- Enter a contest – with STEM learning, SketchUp and Edtech competitions
- Theme parks – with QR codes
- Create a promotional stall – with Canva and Meistertask
- Create a country – with Mindmup, Snazzy Maps, SurveyMonkey and Poll Everywhere