Just Google “web apps classroom” and it won’t take long for your head to spin with the top 10, top 20, and top 100 lists of best apps for education. There seems to be no end of the different activities that can be designed with technology.
Here’s the problem. Many educators see a list like this and suddenly feel like they are looking at the surface of the ocean from the sea floor. Others take one look at all these list and feel like screaming. Simply put, a person could use a different and app in the classroom everyday and never use the same one twice.There are just too many.
Here’s the solution to the problem. Choose one or two, and use these apps well. Figure out all that they can do in the classroom. Give students time to become comfortable with them. Brainstorm all the different ways these one or two apps can be used and make rubrics for the activities, so they are legitimate learning opportunities for students. This will also show others, especially administrators and parents, that students aren’t just messing around on the computer in class.
Don’t worry about trying to use everything at once.
The only way to get comfortable with technology is to use it, but starting too fast can be like jumping off a ship before learning to swim. It’s better to start in the swimming pool, and for some, even at the pool, lessons need to start in the shallow end.
Most apps function similarly to a great degree. Once a person has mastered the use of a few, the others seem to work more easily. One of the best lessons for me was when I started a blog. Through that experience I learned valuable skills that have transferred to a host of other apps. I don’t even know if the skills necessarily transfer, but I grew comfortable with how the computer worked, and gained the intuitive mind for working on the computer that developers rely upon.
If you aren’t using technology, find something to do this week that incorporates technology into a lesson. Again, you don’t have to make a website here. Start small and work your way up. If you already feel comfortable with using technology, teach someone else. The second best thing to knowing how to do something is to have someone teach you how to do something.