I have been thinking about this all day, mainly due to a conversation on the way in to work...
Why do I choose to use specific pieces of software and not others? (In my planning, learning,teaching of lessons and 1 to 1 with students)
What are my criteria to decide value?
As teachers we all seem to have favorites; these are almost 'go to' pieces of software/online tools, yet we also try the new things that we find.
Today I have been trying to discover how I decide if it goes on to my "tool-belt" or it remains bookmarked for that rainy day.
To end up on my "tool-belt" it must meet the following criteria:
- Be accessible to the students; easy to use, quick to pick up, add value to their lesson and be safe
- Have a usable interface for me; save time (or use time effectively)
- Be free to use
- delicious.com - http://delicious.com/sfcart
- google reader (I really could not do without this. It allows me to learn)