The Triple E is not based on anecdotes, rather it based on research around good teaching and learning practices and how technology can add value to those teaching practices. Some of the research from the Engagement level is summarized in this article Putting Education in Educational Apps from the Journal of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal written by the Association for Psychological Science. The article emphasizes a need to look for websites and apps that integrate social learning, time on task learning and distraction free learning. Thus a "Fun" app or website where students may be rewarded with a game at the end of doing a task might actually distract from the learning goal.
Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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