Welcome to the Technology Toolbox for Educators (TT4Ed) website!

This website is a collection of links to information and technologies to support student learning. Rather than showcase how technologies are used by teachers to present information the aim of this site is to showcase how teachers can guide students learning by encouraging them to use technologies as cognitive tools and in meaningful ways to: develop their knowledge and skills and to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts they are learning about by creating polished real-life products that are useful beyond the classroom.
I invite teachers to explore the information and technologies on this site, to reflect on how they may help you to achieve your pedagogical goals, and how students' could use them to assist their learning in your classrooms. You might also like to use this website as a self-directed learning resource to further your own professional development on a range of educational concepts, ideas and technologies.

I also encourage teachers to share their authentic (project-based, problem-based, inquiry-based, etc.) learning stories and/or examples with us. If you would like to contribute an example of real-life learning project please email me a copy of the URL for your project.

"MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning and faculty development services that is contributed to and used by an international education community...To be posted to the MERLOT site, an online material must be subject to a written review by two reviewers and receive an average of three stars (five being the highest) in regard to three dimensions: content, potential effectiveness of the teaching and learning materials and ease of use"  (Jung, 2016, ¶11).

Technology trends

According to the latest New Horizon Report 2016 the key trends for K-12 education for accelerating technology adoption are:
  • Coding as literacy (p. 16) - short term
  • Students as creators (p. 18) - short term
  • Collaborative learning (p. 12) - mid-term
  • Deeper learning approaches (p. 14) - mid-term
  • Redesigning learning spaces (p. 8) - long term
  • Rethinking how schools work (p. 10) - long term
Significant challenges impeding technology adoption in K-12 education are:

Solvable challenges: Those that we understand and know how to solve
Difficult challenges: Those that we understand but which solutions are elusive
  • Advancing digital equity (p. 26)
  • Scaling teaching innovations (p. 28)
Wicked challenges: Those that are even complex to define, much less address
Important developments in educational technology for k-12 education and time-to-adoption horizon are: