Pedagogy always trumps technology.  For digital learning to be implemented effectively, focus on pedagogy first and technology second when appropriate.  Do not haphazardly throw technology into a lesson because it will address a required checkbox on an observation form. Do it with learning intent and purpose. (Eric Sheninger, “Uncommon Learning”, 2015, p. 43)

Choosing a tool to support teaching and learning

There are many apps and tools that are commonly used in our classrooms throughout the district.  But what are they being used for?  What other tools are available to use?  Developed by Alan Carrington, the pedagogy wheel displays a wide array of apps, grouped by their ability to address aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy as well as the SAMR model.  See where the apps you commonly use fit in and look to see if there are other tools available to try, or perhaps a different approach to move you to another area of the wheel, and therefore addressing a different layer of Bloom’s or SAMR.

Technology for the purpose of what?

“Technology integration should be purposeful. That very simple statement is at the heart of the trudacot template. When we use digital technologies for learning and teaching, those uses should be intentional and targeted and not simply ‘tech for tech’s sake.’ Our team continually asks the question, ‘Technology for the purpose of what?’ With that in mind, we set out to create a template of questions that would allow educators to think critically – and purposefully – about their technology integration.” (Scott McLeod & Julie Graber,

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