Intentional Technologies

I was very excited to hear that Charles Logan, an educational technologist at the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University, is hosting a reading group this spring for my new book, Intentional Tech. I’m always honored to hear about anyone reading the book, so learning that 20 faculty and staff at Ohio State are reading it and gathering to talk about it, well, that was pretty great.

Also great are the resources that Charles has built to support the reading group. He has written an extensive list of guiding questions for those reading the book, with questions to consider before reading, after each chapter, and at the end of the book. Charles has posted his guiding questions online under a Creative Commons license, so other are free to use and adapt them, and he’s sharing them a few a time on Twitter to foster conversation among the reading group members and others. Feel free to jump in on Charles’ “slow chat” over on Twitter.

Charles has also compiled a list of all the various technologies mentioned in each chapter of Intentional Technology, along with a few related technologies not mentioned in the book. Since Charles’ list of technologies is also released under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC), I’m reproducing the list here on the blog. I’ve already had people who’ve read the book ask for such a list, and I’m happy to give Charles all the credit for compiling it!

Chapter Technology
Chapter 1: Times for Telling 


Classroom response systems: Top HatPoll Everywhere

Games: 9:05Her Story, Monopoly, RePlay Health

Digital tools: laptops, tablets, smartphones, projector

Analog tools: screen

Chapter 2: Practice and Feedback  Blogs: WordPress

Discipline-specific tools: MATLABText Encoding Initiative

Digital tools: mini projectors, video and audio recorder, iPad, TV screens, projectors, Google Docs, Twitter, laptops, tablets, smartphones

Analog tools: screen, whiteboards, dry erase markers, erasers

Chapter 3: Thin Slices of Learning 


Social bookmarking tools: Diigo

Digital tools: Twitter, Storify (now defunct, but Wakelet is a possible replacement), VoiceThread, Google Draw

Analog tools: whiteboards, dry erase markers, erasers

Chapter 4: Knowledge Organizations 


Mind-mapping tools: Prezi

Timeline tools: Tiki-Toki

Graphic organizer: Representation grid

Digital tools: Google Earth, Google Maps, PowerPoint

Analog tools: Post-it notes; markers; chalkboard; chalk

Chapter 5: Multimodal Assignments 


Infographic tools: RMicrosoft Paint; Adobe Illustrator; CanvaVenngagePiktochart

Podcasting tools: SoundCloudAudacity; Garage Band; Adobe Audition

Website-building platform: Wix; Adobe Spark

Digital tools: Twine; Pinterest; Prezi; Google Docs

Analog tools: Pen; paper

Chapter 6: Learning Communities 


Blogging: FeedWordPress

Discussion: Flipgrid (; Slack

Timeline: TimelineJS

OER: PressbooksOpenStax

Social reading:

Other digital tools: Google Sheets

Chapter 7: Authentic Audiences


Computer animation: VideoScribe

Video conferencing: Skype; Google Hangouts; Zoom

Social reading: CommentPress

Digital tools: YouTube; Wikipedia

Analog tools: Reacting to the Past



Photo-sharing sites: FlickrUnsplash

Other: Creative Commons

I wrote this post, then realized I never blogged about my book release last fall! Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching is now available from West Virginia University Press. For more information, see my updated Books page.

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