Graham Stanley has created an excellent checklist to guide teachers in integrating technology into their classroom practice which I find particularly useful when combined with The Principles for Digital Development (“The Principles”, n.d.) e.g.:
- Design with the User/ Reuse and Improve: make use of devices that people already have;
- Understand the Existing Ecosystem: much better on the budget if devices are going to be purchased to get devices for teacher tutors or teachers, not for the students themselves (“Education Technology”, 2014);
- Build for Sustainability: keep content in a standards compliant container / format e.g. EPUB – then it can be readily integrated with different systems (e.g. Learning Management Systems, websites etc.) and make sure the cost is reasonable compared to the school budget;
- Use Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source, and Open Innovation: consider using open source authoring tools (i.e. eXeLearning: supported by a wide community, works offline, can publish to multiple operating systems).
This post has been adapted from ‘On design principles in international education projects’.
The Health & Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART). (2014). Education Technology Topic Guide. Retrieved from: http://www.heart-resources.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Educational-Technology-Topic-Guide.pdf
The Principles for Digital Development. (n.d). Retrieved from: http://digitalprinciples.org/