I had the privilege of participating in four presentations regarding educational technologies. These presentations covered everything from means to learn to evaluation tools, each one being available online. One of the reasons I chose the MALAT program was to learn about and add to my digital toolkit. This course is helping me do exactly that!
As I listened to these presentations a recurring question came to mind. With all these tools available to educators (both online and face-to-face), how does one go about choosing the right one? With the abundance of options, it is easy to use the first thing that one comes across or spending numerous hours looking for the best tool. I know that I can fall into the later category without intending to do so. A concern I have is that it might be hard to find the balance between researching tools and committing to one.
My team is focusing on educational podcasts as the learning event. As I read more about them it becomes evident that any fool with a recording device can make a podcast; however, that does not mean that it would be high of production or educational quality. For my own critical inquiry, I am looking at to find out if podcasts can improve volunteer training. As I began my research, the quality of a podcast did not enter my thoughts. Now that I have participated in these presentations, I realize that I need to consider quality as I draw my conclusions.
I leave this post with a question to which I am not sure there is an answer. With so many tools available, how does one know the best tools of the trade?