Among the mountain of books I’ve been reading over the last couple of months, one in particular stood out as being potentially extremely useful for teachers. That one is the 2018 edition of The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Compiled by Jennifer Gonzalez, the voice behind the Cult of Pedagogy podcast that I featured in a round-up of useful podcasts, this PDF manual features over 200 apps, websites and so on over the course of 329 pages.
It contains advice for those who might be a little scared of using ed tech, but it’s also good for old hands. I worked out, in a sort of back-of-the-envelope calculation in my head (if that makes sense) that if the book saves you around 45 minutes of searching time then it would have paid for itself.
It’s an interactive document, with a menu system and internal hyperlinks. What's very useful too is that similar tools are grouped together. For example, you can very easily compare Evernote and Google Keep.
Each application’s page contains information about what it does and what it can be used for, which operating systems it can be used on, and how much it costs (mostly free).
I count myself as pretty well-informed, but the book features quite a few applications that I’ve never heard of.
The price for a single licence is $25, but Jennifer and her team have kindly offered me two 100% discount coupon codes for free copies of the book to give away. That w3ill be done in the form of a prize draw in the next issue of my newsletter, Digital Education. The draw will be free to enter for subscribers, and the subscription is free, so what are you waiting for?!
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