Critique and Evaluation of Educational Software 3.f
Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.
a. Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments b. Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments c. Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators d. Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning e.Troubleshoot basic software, hardware, and connectivity problems common in digital learning environments f. Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure g. Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger community
For one of my Masters-level classes, I worked with a team of educators in my cohort to evaluate and critique educational gaming software. We were tasked with creating a thorough evaluation of the effectiveness of drill and practice educational software, as it pertains to usability, visual appeal, and functionality. Each of us selected different aspects of the evaluation on which to focus. We communicated with each other in synchronous and asynchronous meetings periodically throughout each week to discuss our findings and collaborate on the end result, which is the presentation found in the linked report on this page. It was eye opening to share our revelations throughout this study, as concerns of gender bias and cultural sensitivity became apparent in our coursework reading.
The impact this assignment has had on me is to initiate thoughtful discussions with my colleagues about global awareness of these and other topics that affect our students. We sometimes use terminology and support our lessons with technology that may not always lend to meaningful outcome to all students. For my students, I have since worked hard to create an atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance for all.