Technology is usually referred to as a tool. I looked up the meaning of tool in Merriam Webster online dictionary and I found that it is defined as a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task; something (such as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or professionals a book is the tool of a scholar, or the pencil the tool of a drawer.
It is not an end in itself, but serves a purpose and we use it for something.
I feel that the best digital tools that can be used in the classroom are the ones you don’t really notice. We are just using them, just as we use pencils or the notebooks in order to carry out more significant tasks that require our full attention and engagement.
I just recently spoke at the TESOL-SPAIN National Convention and the title of my talk was Putting Learners in the Driving Seat. It was about reflecting on how we can increase student involvement in the different stages of the classroom. And I mentioned some online tools have been very helpful.
I have had some memorable classroom experiences using digital tools for making the classroom more inclusive and learner-centered and I shortlisted the ones that have been most effective for me.