Triple E Level 1: Engaged Learning
Engagement is one component of technology integration. Often by putting a piece of technology in front of the students or in their hands, they become interested or "engaged" in the activity. However, we can look a little more deeply at engagement by considering if the technology is not just capturing the interest of the student, but if it is actually engaging them actively in the content (not just the bells and whistles of the software). It is important to look for "time on task" engagement. In addition, engagement should include social or co-use of the technology tool rather than isolated learning with a tool. Students should be working together through the tool (eg...synchronous collaboration) or with the tool (eg...in pairs or groups with a device). Below are three questions to ask when measuring for engagement in learning goals through a technology tool.
The technology tool helps students engage in the learning goals
Research to Inform Active Engagement
The research below highlights the research that informs the Triple E component for engagement.
Engagement in technology-enhanced lessons does not necessarily correlate with achievement.
Classroom Project that Engages Learning