Good evening friends,
We looking at the right Edtech ecosystem for your professional development
Focus will be on
1. Reasons you need to build an Edtech ecosystem.
2. Tools for building your Edtech ecosystem
3. Moving on with your Edtech Ecosystem
4. Questions and comments

An ecosystem is an interaction between living organisms and their environment. In EdTech terms an ecosystems is simply an interaction between humans and technological tools to foster learning and teaching, to complement traditional classrooms.

In the physical world, no two ecosystems resemble each other. Similarly, no two technology systems are identical, though each requires a means to:

Support and transport information
Create new content
Communicate and share
Sustain energy in order to thrive.
Without building an edtech ecosystem you might get confused about how to find the right balance between the various products related to what your do.
Without building an edtech ecosystem you might get confused about how to find the right balance between the various products related to what your do.
Some reasons to build the right edtech ecosystems includes
1. To make exchange of information fluent.
2. To help you better master the appropriate tools.
3. To make your work better suited for the right technology.
4. To avoid issues with new technology.
5. To make knowledge of your work more adaptive to technology.
Ask yourself what you do in traditional classrooms that you need technology to improve.
Digital literacy is the ability for teachers and students to teach and learn with technology and not necessarily learning about technology.

Digital literacy is the ability for teachers and students to teach and learn with technology and not necessarily learning about technology.

We all have gmail accounts:
With it we can begin with the basics. Let me know those who do not have a GMAIL account.

Gmail gives you access to one powerful Google edTech product.
1. Google drive http://drive.google.com

In building your ecosystem you need cloud support in other for you to carry information even when you don’t have a flash drive. You can store your documents and files in Google Drive.
A, You can create lesson plan templates in Google drive.
b. You can create presentation.
c. You can create forms and much more.

We have moved from manual processes of transferring information (paper notes, whiteboard or chalkboards, and homework baskets) to CLOUD based solutions like Google drive, Drop Box, MS Office 365, One Drive etc.
This enable educators and learners to transport their learning between home, school and everywhere in reaching out to a wider audience.

We have moved from manual processes of transferring information (paper notes, whiteboard or chalkboards, and homework baskets) to CLOUD based solutions like Google drive, Drop Box, MS Office 365, One Drive etc.
This enable educators and learners to transport their learning between home, school and everywhere in reaching out to a wider audience.

We have moved from manual processes of transferring information (paper notes, whiteboard or chalkboards, and homework baskets) to CLOUD based solutions like Google drive, Drop Box, MS Office 365, One Drive etc.
This enable educators and learners to transport their learning between home, school and everywhere in reaching out to a wider audience.

as part of classroom enhancement in the technology aspect in abroad school now use google classroom to communicate with students as well as interact with parents on assessment of students

One drive (https://onedrive.live.com is by Microsoft and all performs well as Google drive.

Google and Microsoft are reputable companies and offer several technology and tools for schools and educators to enhance and foster learning and teaching. So stick with them and explore all they have to offer. You do not want to use a product to and tomorrow you can no longer find support because the company is closed.
All you need to creator your lesson is in Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive. And you can easily share them to your students anywhere in the world. As such you are not restricted to your classrooms.

Keeping track of your learners’ progress and constant communication with them is necessary for effective assessment.
Learning Management Systems are necessary to deploy effective learning and teaching processes within and outside the classroom.
Engaging the five (5) senses of learners outside the classroom will speed up communication and collaboration between learners and educators.

With Google hangouts (http://hangouts.google.com) you can reach up to 25 students at home and other learners around the world via video conferencing.
There is Skype too.
U Webinar.
Appear.in and several others.

For sharing lesson contents with your learners. Google classroom (classroom.google.com) is free to use and very interactive when combined with Hangouts. Keeping track of learners progress and constant communication with them is necessary for effective assessment.
Learning Management Systems are necessary to deploy effective learning and teaching processes within and outside the classroom.
Engaging the five (5) senses of learners outside the classroom will speed up communication and collaboration between learners and educators. You can also checkout Edmodo ( edmodo.com) and start up the process.

 

Finally you professional growth in edTech is paramount to your success in using EdTech tools. Webisites like http://education.microsoft.com is where most educators arrounf the world develop there edTech prowess. Edmodo has groups for PD and Google eduTech forum link is https://support.google.com/edu/classroom.
You need to constantly keep in touch with educators around the world in these forums to be on par with your professional growth.
I will take questions for now. Thank you.

 

About speaker

It’s hard to believe that I only met this great educator few months ago. Rarely do you come across gurus in the field of information technology that still carry a humble and most unassuming attitude towards their skills and competence and trust me, he is competent with ideas, projects and solutions that transcend what we are used to today.

Ashiedu Jude is an educator, film-maker, content developer and entrepreneur. He started his career in computer science and has been in the forefront of enhancing the use of technology in classrooms, by providing tools, technology and techniques for educators, schools and corporate organizations. Of course he handled the session on ‘ICT and the Foundation of every Teacher’ which was an eye opener to all of us.
Ashiedu Jude is the convener of the Facebook group ‘The Learning Content Creator’ (I advise all educators on this platform to join this group) as well as the Chief consultant at Edujetage, a platform to empower schoolteachers, institutions and educational service providers, in creating innovative lessons for diverse learners and commercializing their contents.