The 4 Gift Rule of Education Technology
I am notorious in my family for wanting to give everyone, everything, during the holidays. However, I know I can’t actually do this, and have to make calculated, thoughtful decisions about what gifts I give. A few years ago, my wife mentioned a simple idea about the “4 Gift Rule” that she had heard of to help us think about what gifts we gave our kids for the holiday.
The “4 Gift Rule” essentially says that instead of falling into my trap of giving as much as you can to your children, parents should focus on 4 primary gifts. The idea is that you should give them:
- Something They Want
- Something They Need
- Something They Wear
- Something They Read
While we don’t actually do this in my house, I liked the idea of simplifying my focus in gift giving.
When I was asked to share some of my remote learning resources and tools, it quickly became evident that while I wanted to share about all of the tools I use, and give teachers every resource possible, I couldn’t. I know teachers, especially those teaching remotely, are feeling overwhelmed with technology and the responsibilities that come with teaching in this style. So, I decided that to help me focus on what tools and resources I could share, I would apply the “4 Gifts Rule” and share with you my 4 remote learning tools and resources as my holiday gift to you.
My Wish For All Remote Teachers
My hope is that even a single one of these tools will help you connect with your students, and engage them with their learning even more. I use all of these tools and can vouch for how helpful they are. Please reach out if you ever want to connect, and let’s keep building on our goal of giving kids everything we can.