At some point all teachers experience what I refer to as the “geek in a headlight look.” It’s the look that occurs on a teacher’s face when during a principal evaluation your classroom technology malfunctions and you look up to see 26 sets of eyes staring you down like a Mac truck on the interstate. It is the same look that
crosses your face while at a conference a parent asks you why their child says they love math, because all they do is shoot birds at towers filled with pigs.
Experiences like these happen in classrooms across the country, and world for that matter. However, for every mishap there are countless other times when technology completely redefines how students and teachers interact in the classroom. For this reason, I have compiled a guide detailing ten technologies that have gentle
learning curves, corresponding with incredible student learning outcomes. To borrow a phrase of a colleague of mine, the technologies I will discuss could be categorized as “Smarter not Harder.” All too often, I have spent hours on “Harder” technologies
where I find myself more confused than when I started learning about it, or once I introduce it to my class, the impact is about as much as an ant’s footstep.
The ten “Smarter” technologies that I will explain all have a teacher effort to classroom outcome ratio that I feel favors the teacher every time.