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).

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Technology trends

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Welcome to the future, 2016, jennip98, CC BY-NC 
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According to the latest New Horizon Report 2016 the key trends for K-12 education are:

Accelerating technology adoption - short term
  • Coding as literacy (p. 16)
  • Students as creators (p. 18)
Accelerating technology adoption - mid term
  • Collaborative learning (p. 12)
  • Deeper learning approaches (p. 14)
Accelerating technology adoption - long term
  • Redesigning learning spaces (p. 8)
  • Rethinking how schools work (p. 10)
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 are:

Time-to-adoption horizon: One year or less
Time-to-adoption horizon: Tow to three years
  • Robotics (p. 40)
  • Virtual reality (p. 42)
Time-to-adoption horizon: Four to five years
  • Artificial intelligence (p. 44)
  • Wearable technology (p. 46)
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