Matching digital tools with outcomes and functionality

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/the-right-and-wrong-way-to-use-technology-for-learning/ As this poster highlights, we must not be selecting and using digital tools for the sake of using the technology alone. We must be matching the most appropriate digital tool to help students achieve specific learning outcomes. The selection of a digital tool to complete a particular learning task should be based on functionality, i.e., what are the functionalities that you require in a digital tool to help your students complete a learning task as efficiently, effectively, creatively, and/or collaboratively as they possibly can.

This means that learning tasks are designed first, and the identification, and matching of digital tools follows (not the other way round!).

There are a number of excellent directories of digital tools and mobile apps that are organised by tool functionality and key features highlighted.




EXPLORE the following five directories to identify potential digital tools to support the digital citizenship knowledge and skill outcomes (and learning tasks) you have recorded on your digital citizenship curriculum matrix (based on what you developed in Module 3 of the SYBDCC002 course).


Search the CLPT directory by the functionality of tool from the menu in the right hand column http://c4lpt.co.uk/directory-of-learning-performance-tools/

Also search the CLPT site using the recently released 2015 Top 100 Tools for Learning list http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/  


 

Search the DiRT directory by functionality via http://dirtdirectory.org/ 





Search EdTechTeacher by device and/or by function via http://edtechteacher.org/apps/#Begin


 

http://ipadapps4school.com/ 

 

http://android4schools.com/  



SHARE your findings with teachers of those learning area and grade levels, to determine the feasibility and/or refinement of your suggestions for digital citizenship outcomes and digital tools being integrated into the curriculum for their class.

 

REFLECT on this process that you have undertaken to match digital tools with learning outcomes and functionality. What worked well? What would you do differently?, when planning further digital tool integration to support the teaching of digital citizenship knowledge and skills.


Well done. You have just completed Module 1 and are well on your way to matching appropriate digital tools to digital citizenship learning outcomes within your school’s curriculum.