Essential Q’s for Using Digital Tools in Your ClassroomThanks to the awesome CFF Coach Listserv from Pennsylvania for their collaboration on this list!
These essential questions are to help to define what the 'good use' of technology looks like. They are meant to promote thinking about whether the use of technology is meaningful and relevant to the learning.
Many of these questions could start with the word “Will” and be followed up with the question, “How?” I chose to start with how, since I think will is too easy to answer with a “Yes.”
The questions are phrased in a way that would be used in the Before of a Before-During-After coaching consultation or while designing a lesson. With some tweaking, the questions could also be used in the During phase – watching a lesson in action, or the After phase – for reflection.
- How will the use of this digital tool engage students with the content?
- Would doing the same activity with other tools such as a chalkboard, whiteboard, manipulatives, or paper and pencil have been just as effective?
- How will the students create, manipulate, and explore the content in ways that a traditional approach would not afford?
- Who will be using the digital tools - teachers or students?
- How will the use of technology impact different learners?
- How will the the learning process be impacted by the use of technology?
- How will the use of this digital tool make the content more engaging?
- How will using this tool provide students with the ability to explore content that may not have been available to them without the technology?
- How will the use of this digital tool make the learning of this content more effective?
- How will using the technology promote a deeper understanding of content?
- How will what the students are doing address the Common Core Standards?
- How will students demonstrate understanding?
- How will you measure understanding?