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Educational Duct Tape

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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 121AB

Jake Miller  
After large technology conferences, the “paradox of choice” often keeps educators from using their newly learned skills. Join me as I describe my “educational duct tape” metaphor, which views edtech as a tool, not an end-goal. I'll offer examples of how this metaphor can help educators overcome this paralysis.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
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: Instructional design and delivery
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to select educational technologies based on pedagogical needs, learning standards, classroom challenges, problems or goals.

Participants will be able to view educational technologies as tools for learning rather than tools *to* learn. They will view them as "tools in a toolbox."

Specific technologies & strategies include: screencasting, student-paced learning, Google sites, Google Forms for status-checks, Google Calendar for communication of pace, Google Sites for digital portfolios, EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Flip Cameras, Google Drawings, Google Slides and more.

If delivered in a workshop format, participants will be able to discuss their own challenges, needs, goals and ideas.


A. Introduction of Educational Duct Tape metaphor, discussion of choice paralysis as it relates to educational technology, presentation of viewing edtech as "tools in a toolbox."
B. Examples of Jake using these strategies: screencasting the answers to homework, teaching from an iPad, pictures & videos in the classroom.
C. Time for participants to discuss
D. Story of Jake developing a student-paced course using Google Sites, Slides, Docs, YouTube, Forms and Calendar.
E. Time for partipicants to discuss (possibly moving & regrouping)
F. Examples of Jake using EdPuzzle, Student digital portfolios, Google Drawings and other tools as time permits.
G. Conclusion & Summary

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Jake Miller, Orange City School District

Jake is the Technology Integration Specialist for a Northeast Ohio middle school, where he helps manage the implementation of gSuite for Education, 1:1 Chromebooks and other technologies. He also works with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Fab Labs and innovative learning practices. He previously taught 12 years of middle school STEM, science and math courses. His Bachelor’s Degree is in middle-level education and his Master’s Degree is in Instructional Technology. Jake is passionate about educational technology and regularly shares at conferences, professional development days, on his website ( and on Twitter (@JakeMillerTech).

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