Using the TechScaffold Platform for Supporting Decision-Making in Selecting Apps and Sharing Projects
Keywords:apps, technology integration, planning instruction, project design
In this presentation, we will describe use of the Techscaffold.com tool designed to help in-service and preservice teachers make decisions for selecting relevant apps to foster students' learning. This tool is designed to address the challenge of making decisions about selecting relevant apps for use in the classroom based on certain learning objectives and pupils’ expertise/needs, as well as the affordances associated with completing certain activities.This tool scaffolds teachers’ decision-making based on three content sections: 1) Apps: teachers select apps from database of 900 apps based on formulating purposes for using apps based on objectives, subject, grade level, expertise required, platform, and costs; 2) Community: teachers share user ratings of and recommendations for certain apps based on different criteria; and 3) Projects: users upload projects illustrating use of apps in the classroom to share with other users. Attendees will be asked to participate on the site to openly shared their comments and feedback related to their potential use of the site as well as making further revisions of the site.
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