[Assessing Your Technology] Taking It Deeper: Exploring the Ramifications of Technology on Place-Based Learning
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Supporting materials for presentation given by Dina Strasser, middle school English teacher and award-winning blogger, during THV's Summer Institute, Place & The Digital Native: Using Technology and ...

Supporting materials for presentation given by Dina Strasser, middle school English teacher and award-winning blogger, during THV's Summer Institute, Place & The Digital Native: Using Technology and Social Media to Teach the Hudson Valley.

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[Assessing Your Technology] Taking It Deeper: Exploring the Ramifications of Technology on Place-Based Learning Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Assessing Your Technology: A Rubric/Checklist Place and the Digital Native: Teaching the Hudson Valley Conference, July 2011 Many thanks go to the participants of the “Taking It Deeper” workshop, whose creativity and critical thinking are summarized here.Tool: Learning Goal:Considerations 1 2 3 4 5 (negative (positive effect) effect)Support of Learning Goal • Does the tech fully support the learning goal? • Does the tech provide real world, authentic skills? • Are competing goals emphasized when switching from certain activities to the use of this technology?Interface • What is the cost of time in using the technology? • Does it encourage group interaction, or is it best used individually? • What is the potential for distractions? • Is the interface teacher/student friendly?Learning Curve • Is the learning curve for this technology steep (time/energy) for me? • Is the learning curve for this technology steep (time/energy) for my students? • Will the learning curve be educative in and of itself? • Will the pace of the development of this tech render learning it obsolete?Plan B • In what ways can the tech fail? • Is an effective Plan B in place, or can I develop one?Interest/Gratification • Is it age appropriate? • Does it foster creativity? • Is it appropriately engaging?Other • What is the financial cost? • What is the environmental impact? • Is the tech supported by the infrastructure of my workplace? (Is is accessible when I need it?) • Can I or my students access the tech at home?Hybrid Mind • Does the tool contribute to the development of a hybrid mind?
  • 2. If I have scored the technology as negative in any of these categories, can I make arrangements so that those disadvantages are offset or addressed in my classroom or workplace?