Instructional Goals for Selecting Digital Tools
Everybody knows how technology has exploded over the past few decades and how it has become a part of our everyday lives. Technology is everywhere and more importantly it has become an option for teachers to use in their classrooms. This must be done effectively; this is the key to the future of teaching as we know it.
To select proper digital tools for effective teaching methods we must understand what is to be learned in that specific class and to do this we must use instructional objectives. Instructional objectives have a few different call signs and they go as follows: performance objectives, behavior objectives, and just plain objectives. Instructional objectives are precise and they leave no questions to be asked about what is expected during the class. They are outcome based which means they rely on what the student can perform after the set class and they are measurable, either through seen, heard, or written assessments.
Having proper objectives will guide the class so guess work is left out of the equation. Proper objective selection will be the basis for what types of digital tools will work and what ones will not.
This is the key to using digital tools properly; we must not use tools that are not parallel with the objectives. We have to first take into consideration the students themselves, how old are they and how proficient are they with using current technologies. Good judgment in this area will only come with experience, we must fail to succeed. We also have to take into consideration the condition of the classroom; what are the limitations. Finally, we need to decide on what degree of accuracy we want the class to obtain; this has to be carefully considered.
Objectives are crucial for using technology in the classroom. First we must become fluent with objective selection and creation before we can even consider using technology as an aid. We then must become familiar with the technology we wish to implement. This will take practice and familiarity is a must, time is crucial during class and students do not respond well to instructors that cannot demonstrate properly.
This will take effort, but the effort will be paid back with interest. Time and money will be saved when tools are used effectively, and most importantly students will become familiar with technologies that will be used in their futures. The main goal of using digital tools is to bring fairness and equality to the classroom. There are objective designs out there that have made incredible leaps in this area and Khans is a great example of this. The future of teaching has become very exciting.