d. Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning.
f. Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure.
Like many educators, I often feel very overwhelmed by how many digital tools and resources are available, with more being launched each day. In addition to already having a long list of tools I want to try out or use more frequently, I am constantly getting suggestions from others about the a new one that I “have to check out”. I knew that if I was going to explore digital education and leadership I was going to need to develop a framework for selecting, evaluating, and managing digital tools, which I began to do in my blog post Frameworks for Selecting, Evaluating, and Managing Digital Tools.
Based on discussions with my technology mentors group and colleagues in my district I knew that others struggled to approach selecting and evaluating digital tools. Luckily, my administrators supported me in sharing techniques for educators to determine appropriate digital tools. I had the opportunity to share the SAMR Model with my staff and directed them towards two great websites to help with the process: Edsurge and Common Sense Education. Below, I include an infographic of the SAMR model that I created along with a resource I shared through email.
Finally, I had the chance to create adaptive and assistive technologies by creating a captioned video for my workshop proposal on Giving Quiet Students a Voice with Digital Tools. This was a valuable learning experience for me as it helped me to see the necessity in making the materials I create and learning experiences I plan accessible to all learners.