Andrew Douch is an independent education technology expert with 22 years’ classroom experience. He has won numerous awards for his work with emerging technologies in education, including the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year. His mantra is ‘You don’t need to be very good with technology to do very good things with technology’.
Here he offers six tools to bring excitement to the classroom, and gives us a sneak peak at his EdVET 2017 presentation.
Gone are the days when teachers needed to be tech-savvy to harness the power of technology to make learning more engaging, exciting, and participatory. Today, even non-technical teachers can do novel things at little expense, that just a few years ago were either inconceivable or costly.
At EdVET 2017 Andrew’s workshop will cover a range of emergent tools which bring excitement to the classroom, improve learning outcomes and capture the interest of students. Andrew has found that each of these tools has made a real difference in the classroom because they meet (at least most) of the following criteria.
E – Easy. They are easy enough for non-technical teachers to use.
N – New. They allow teachers to do something not possible without the tool.
G – Gainful. They are focused on pedagogy and improving student learning outcomes.
A – Available, They are Affordable and available, and therefore easy to adopt and share with colleagues.
G – Gives Back Time. Once learned, they save more time than they took to learn.
E – Exciting. Students want to use them, without needing to be reminded, nagged or bribed.
At EdVET 2017 in April Andrew Douch will join a team of bright minds in online and technology-enhanced education including international speaker Trina Hoefling, a virtual management pioneer, author and co-founder of The Smart Workplace. Presentations will include:
- Teaching tomorrow’s workforce today
- The many faces of social media: Attracting, supporting and retaining learners
- Using tech to meet rapidly changing ESOL student expectations
- Towards a Moodle quality assurance framework.
For more information and to register for this inspiring event please visit the EdVET 2017 website.