To answer these questions, I regularly turn to the SAMR model for technology integration:
It helps frame my thinking around what tools would make sense in the lesson, and how I can best utilize the technology to promote student understanding. I am confident that, on a regular basis, our Latin classes are substituting and augmenting activities with google docs and an online textbook.
However, I also want to offer opportunities where technology can modify and redefine the student experience. That’s when the analysis of a new app takes more of my time. Some questions I ask:
What are the learning outcomes? Will this app help me achieve them?
Will this app change the student’s final product
Will this app teach a new digital literacy skill that isn’t already taught?
Will this app create new educational tasks?
Will this app improve student engagement and enthusiasm?
If I can answer “yes” to more than one of these questions, then it’s worth a go.
How do you choose which apps to use in your classroom?