I created a “Technology Evaluation Assessment Tool”. It is important to decide “how many” technology products as well as the “best practices” technologies to use in a set of designed instructions. Every designer that decides to incorporate technology in the learning should apply technology standards to their set of design instructions.
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) are the standards for learning, teaching, and leading in the digital age and are widely recognized and adopted worldwide. Feel free to use my technology assessment tool as the basics of your own tool. You may use this one free of charge but please give me credit. APA format:
Clark, A.,(2011). Retrieved from: http:www.instructionalwriter.com on date.
The learner analysis and the instructional setting should be among the factors of considerations to be used in evaluating the technology product. For example, a presentation tool is “best practices” if computers are not used but an internet search is explained. The teacher can face the class and lecture. ESL (English as a second language) students will not have to struggle to take notes because Microsoft’s PowerPoint creates PDF files from the slides. These PDF files can be used as handouts.
The pros and cons of a product should be evaluated. Is there a steep learning curve? Is it costly or in budget? How will you over come the limitations of the product in your set of designed instructions? When technology is used to make the curriculum accessible, students with disabilities have the same opportunities to learn as their peers without disabilities.
There are different learning styles considered when teaching adults than for children. Therefore ,different learning styles require different custom designs set of instructions to be effective. Does the technology product support visual literacy and culture diversity? These are a couple of the criteria examples that were incorporated in my “Technology Evaluation Assessment Tool”.
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