My name is @MatthewGudenius and I am an educational technology expert. I have a BS in Computer Science, BS in Communication, and MS in Educational Technology, as well as 25 years of programming experience (starting with MS BASIC when I was 8 years old — yes, kids can program computers!) and 10 years of full-time K-12 teaching experience.
This site is all about sharing tips, techniques, and advice for educators, developers, and anyone else interested in educational technology. Anyone can become an EdTech Expert!
Site features will include:
- EdTech Buzz: It seems like every day there is a new EdTech buzzword du jour. This series will help you understand what these concepts mean, and to cut through the hype and sales and get to the honest core of the matter.
- Ten Minute Tech Tips for Teachers: A series of tutorials (each one ten minutes or less) to give practical advice and ideas for how to streamline your classroom and teaching through the use of educational technology.
- EdTech Reviews: Nothing in this world is perfect. Every rose has a thorn. But every cloud has a silver lining. I will attempt to objectively analyze both the good and the bad in various educational technologies, laying out both the benefits (which most educational technology has) and drawbacks (to which nothing is immune.)
- Just Say NO to iPads for Education: Although I aim to be platform-independent and free of brand bias, I find the trend of purchasing iPads for schools to be troubling, both because of inherent limitations of the iPads as well as a costlier pricetag than alternatives which offer the same — or better — solutions. iPad is one technology I simply cannot endorse, but many (technologically untrained) people don’t understand why, so in this series I am going to educate the public about the lost educational opportunities for our students — as well as the lost dollars in our budgets — that come with adopting iPads.