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A Must-Have Edtech Cheat Sheet


edtechFlashback to the year 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA to an event known as Boot Camp—a very intense professional development training I was required to attend when I was named our district’s Classrooms for the Future Instructional Technology Coach.

I can recall that within the first hour of this week long experience I felt so completely overwhelmed with the volume of unfamiliar terms I was hearing that I thought I would loose my mind—even though I seriously thought I had a pretty good grasp of all things edtech. Um, not so much! It was as if someone air-dropped me into a third year course of Mandarin Chinese which left me with that sickening what in the what am I doing here feeling. Of course, there were some words that made me giggle too! (i.e. wikis, widgets, vokis and glogs to name a few! That one’s for you, Lori, Stevie and Sharon, my CFFBFFs who helped me survive initiation week—and who have remained my besties ever since. As they say: We’ve come a long way, baby! ♥)

Fast forward to today… Even though there are always new edtech trends emerging, I no longer find myself having those yikes moments when I read about them on Twitter or hear about them on a TEDx Talk. However, as I assist colleagues in the classroom, facilitate PD, and collaborate with a team of administrators and teachers to develop a new K-12 tech plan, I am finding that many of the individuals I encounter throughout my work day are currently experiencing what I did eight years ago—that same what the what feeling that often creates anxiety and doubt.

That said, I did some surfing to try to locate a reference guide that could quickly (and visually) help my co-workers get a better grasp on some of the latest edtech buzzwords. Here is one of the resources I am sharing with them—and you. Hopefully it will help to eliminate some of that app-prehension you might have as you try to choose the best tools or ways to incorporate technology into your classroom!


A shout out to Boundless for creating this useful infographic and for the EdTech Digest for sharing it with the rest of us.

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3 Comments to

“A Must-Have Edtech Cheat Sheet”

  1. March 17th, 2016 at 1:30 pm       David Brock Says:

    The graphic looks useful but its not easily read.

  2. May 9th, 2016 at 9:12 am       edutech4teachers Says:

    Try accessing the larger version of the graphic. I hope that helps! Jamie

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