Chasing the Shiny Things

How many new technology tools, tips, and tricks can I really integrate into my classroom? This question emerges over and over in learning cultures that are trying to grow and innovate. The volume of options is overwhelming, and it is difficult to curate all of new shiny things in education technology. A good rule of thumb is that you should try two new things each month. This means really giving them a shot at success in the classroom by integrating them into a lesson multiple times. From here, we find the "stick" rate for new tips, tools, and tricks is about three a semester. This means that teachers will try between 8-10 tools each semester, and three will become part of your long-term work flow. The most important piece, beyond using new things, is that you are on a growth journey that including learning, considering, and trying new things that can enhance the learning of your students.