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Common Sense Education's 50 Favorite Tools

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Listen and learn : Lecture


Wednesday, June 26, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 201A

Dr. Tanner Higgin   Danny Wagner  
In six years, the Common Sense Education editorial team has rated and reviewed over 3,000 tools. This rapid-fire presentation presents the team's 50 favorites, from free apps and teacher tools to weird and wonderful games sure to delight your students.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Citizen
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

-Participants will learn about 50 tools they can use in their classrooms in the new school year.
-Participants will better understand re-definitional use of technology that moves away from using tech to replicate traditional approaches.
-Participants will be able to more effectively and efficiently search for useful tools on their own.

Outline

Introduction
- Background on Common Sense Education and our editorial process (5 mins.)

Session (45 mins.)
-We'll go over our 50 favorite tool selections via rapid-fire, highly-visual (PechaKucha-inspired) presentation. Each tool will be accompanied by a use-case focused on re-definitional use of technology that pushes past traditional practice.)
-Tools will be grouped in categories like "totally," "weird and wonderful," "best for privacy."

Wrap-Up (10 mins.)
-Audience members will submit their favorites for discussion (8 mins.)
- How to find and evaluate tools on your own (2 minutes)

Supporting research

I published this article on EdSurge which offers some of the key things we've learned at Common Sense Education about learning design and the edtech market: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-21-what-makes-a-good-edtech-tool-great

We also have a forthcoming research study tentatively titled the Common Sense Educator Census. It'll be released in late 2018 or early 2019 at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research. Many of the findings in that study, which I can share at the presentation, relate to the challenges teachers have finding and using tools effectively.

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Presenters

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Dr. Tanner Higgin, Common Sense Education
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Danny Wagner, Common Sense Education

Danny is Senior Editor, Education Reviews at Common Sense Education. His focus is on guiding the editorial direction of the Ratings & Reviews platform to discover the best in education technology for teachers and schools. In addition to reviewing digital media for learning potential, Danny produces content and articles for a variety of topics, including STEM and social and emotional learning. Previously, he was Curriculum Technology Integration Specialist for San Francisco Unified School District and a middle school science and robotics teacher for a decade in the Midwest. Prior to his career in education, Danny worked as an Environmental Engineering consultant.

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