Teachers face a myriad of challenges in when it comes to certain topics—students can’t relate, they’re bored, they don’t have the prerequisite skills, or they can’t visualize abstract concepts. More and more support for these situations can be found in instructional software. Before incorporating any technology in classroom, teachers must weigh the relative advantage meaning the time, effort, and expense, against the benefits of any particular software. To determine the relative advantage point to implementation the following questions from Technology Integration Planning Model for Teachers (Roblyer, Doering, 2010, p.51) should be asked.
Six Questions to Implementation
- What is my technological content knowledge?
- Why should I use a technology-based method?
- How will I know students have learned?
- What teaching strategies and activities will work best?
- Are essential conditions in place to support technology integration?
- What worked well? What could be improved?
This chart below will help educators answers questions in phase 1-4. First questions one and two is addressed by exploring the five types of instructional software:
- drill and practice
- educational games