“Simultaneously Enchanted and Repelled by the Inexhaustible Variety of” Tools

When Nick in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is trying to navigate the moral ambiguities of the wealthy Buchanans he finds himself “within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled.” I feel similarly about the range of tools that we have been exposed to during this week’s Ontario Extend Summer Institute.

Some of them enchant me with the immediacy with which it is apparent what pedagogical challenge they would solve for me. Others strike me as distracting. For example, when I was entering the code for a Mentimeter survey I found myself entirely unable to take in any further information until I had submitted my response. Would this not disrupt student learning rather than enhance and support it? I look forward to critically thinking through which tools are genuinely useful and which ones deflect student attention.