Tool selection - Choose the right tool: Tech tools may seem
similar but each has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. For example,
both the LMS discussion board and social media offer places for conversation. However,
there are advantages to keeping conversation within a course space, such as meeting
archiving requirements. The more informed you are, the better you’ll be able to
choose the best option for your teaching needs.
Tool fluency - Know how to use the tool: When you’re comfortable
with the tool, you’ll be able to use it better, and possibly find new uses.
Tool literacy – Teach students to use the tool: Don’t assume
that your students know how to use a particular technology. Studies show that
students are comfortable with email and social networking but are likely to be no
more competent than yourself or your peers in the use of a particular technology.
Design activities that allow students to learn the technologies they need to use
in your course.