- Can the technology allow students to focus on the task of the assignment or activity with less distraction?
- Can the technology motivate students to start the learning process?
- Can the technology cause a shift in the behavior of the students, where they move from passive to active social learners (co-use)?
- Can the technology tool aid students in developing or demonstrating a more sophisticated understanding of the content? (creates opportunities for creation/production & other higher-order thinking skills over consumption)
- Can the technology create scaffolds to make it easier to understand concepts or ideas? (in particular to help differentiate or personalize learning)
- Can the technology create paths for students to demonstrate their understanding of the learning goals in a way that they could not do with traditional tools?
- Can the technology create opportunities for students to learn outside of their typical school day?
- Can the technology create a bridge between school learning and everyday life experiences?
- Can the technology allow students to build skills, that they can use in their everyday lives?
In the Youtube video above, we look at Docent, a tool that allows teachers to annotate and provide formative assessment as students are working on documents.
- Engagement: YES! The teacher is about to co-use and co-engage synchronously with the learners as they are working. This allows students to focus on the task/goal and be active learners.
- Enhancement: YES! Docent has options for the teacher to help differentiate or scaffold learning differently for each student as they work. This would be difficult to do without the technology tools.
- Extension: Somewhat! Docent is not naturally connected to student's everyday lives, thus the teacher will have to make instructional moves to help make these connections through and around the technology tool (eg..asking expert writers or editors to synchronously link up to students as they are working on their writing in Docent).
- Total Score for Docent=14/18 (potentially a very strong connection between learning goals and technology tool---again this will be depend on the instructional strategies in the lesson).