Determining The Usefulness Of Classroom Technologies - Part 1
[caption id="attachment_3483" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="When trying to pick a useful classroom technology, instructors must have a strong idea of what they want to use the technology for before entering the purchase process. Photo by Tripp."] [/caption] Technology selected for use in the classroom should help students to achieve the intended course outcomes. An appropriate technology should not require student to spend significant time learning to use it –unless learning to use that technology is one of the stated course goals! Avoid the three perils of technology selection:
- Choosing the technology before developing the course outcomes.
- Using a technology because it is available or you are obliged to use it.
- Assuming the high-tech technology option will be more effective.
- Review your learning outcomes and identify the specific learning needs and purpose of the technology.
- Evaluate the alternative technologies available to help students learn, practice, and retain new learning.
- Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each potential technology (accessibility, ease of use, availability, cost etc.).
- Select the best technology (or an effective mix) that draws on the strengths of each technology to help students accomplish the stated course outcomes.
Author Perspective: Educator