Tools and Tool Hacking

Digital pedagogy asks us to think critically about our tools, asks us to reflect actively upon our own practice. This 1-day course will begin with a rapid-fire “tool parade” that aims to introduce as many tools as possible over the course of an hour. Participants will then separate into self-selected groups (each with its own facilitator) in order to experiment with a particular genre of tool: data and text analysis, digital media production, and tools for dynamic online learning. The specific tools each group explores will adapt depending on the needs and interests of the attendees.

The best digital tools inspire us, often to use them in ways the designer couldn’t anticipate. The worst digital tools attempt to dictate our pedagogies, determining what we can do with them and for whom. The digital pedagogue teaches her tools, doesn’t let them teach her.


Jesse Stommel
Jesse Stommel is co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: an open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology.
Jess Reingold
Jess Reingold is an Instructional Technology specialist at University of Mary Washington and also a UMW alum.
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