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We have developed many tools over the last 30 years of digital education. What we have not developed is a systematic way to connect them with how we teach. The Teaching Toolset Triangle Project is an effort to begin to construct a typology of tools that extend from the Physical to the Digital to, eventually, XR environments so that we can mindfully construct environments optimized for all kinds of learning no matter what the circumstances. As a first step, the ShapingEDU community will participate in shaping the measurement tool and well as providing an initial pool of data created by the survey instrument.
The spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on our delivery of instruction and is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. If you lose access to a large swath of in-person tools, you really need to think carefully about how all of your tools work in order to maximize the impact of those tools you have left in the toolbox. The problem is that we take most of our tools for granted. They are part of systems of action that we have maintained and adapted over the years from older tools. We rarely reflect on the way these very tools shape our actions. COVID has smashed many of these assumptions, but even without the virus a reckoning with our expanded toolsets in both learning and innovation was way overdue.