I get excited sometimes when I learn about new tech tools. I actually spend the time playing with them to figure them out a bit. Then the reality sets in…
I ask questions of myself which determine if this tool is necessary for my own use. I think about it from the lens of a teacher and student.
- What’s the purpose?
- Why would I choose this tool over “my reliables”?
- Does using this tool make task completion any simpler or does it add necessary functionality that I do not have access to now?
- What are the sharing options and how? (Publishing is important!)
If the “new tool” doesn’t make sense, I don’t use it. I’ll keep it in mind but if it doesn’t make the “purpose” cut, it’s doomed.
I think that having reliable tools that aid various tasks are important. The normalcy helps with productivity because I don’t have to think about the medium of presenting content. I get to focus more on the content itself.
1. Haiku Deck (http://www.haikudeck.com/)
If you have ever sat through 119 kids reading paragraphs of wikipedia during a presentation, you would appreciate Haiku Deck too! As a presenter, I love utilizing the library of images within Haiku Deck and adding short phrases to help steer the conversation. The “story telling” itself comes from me. For our Chromebook Kickoff, I used Haiku Deck on Chromebook to create my presentation. When I opened my ipad, the new updates allowed me to sync to my ipad. LOVE that. There are so many other things that I can do with Haiku Deck using its export feature. Another post will follow with more on this one!
Check out the Haiku Deck that I created to steer the conversation for Chromebook Implementation
2. Canva (https://www.canva.com/)
Canva is a web based design tool that includes templates which allow users to create pretty much anything that involves design. I have adobe indesign but I love canva because when I need to make a quick thinglink resource for my campuses, I can do it using canva’s templates and graphics quickly. This most certainly enables me to focus on my content versus design. When I want to share and collaborate with a colleague, I can share the link and enable editing. Canva is still in beta but the sign up process happens pretty quick.
3. Thinglink (http://www.thinglink.com/)
I think that I will probably use thinglink in some capacity for everything that I share with my campuses. I start in canva to create the image and then use thinglink to add hotspots with text, video, images and sometimes voice. For the thinglink below, I took screenshots using my Chromebook. I added a border and edited each chrome store icon using picmonkey (another reliable)
Avoiding the Flood
Go back to the questions that I posted above. Always have a purpose for use and if there is no purpose other than new…stick to your reliables. It helps with productivity and also allows you to focus on the content…which is wayyy cooler than adding a new confusing tool.
New does not always mean better. Sometimes, it’s just NEW.