- Locate at least 3 of the best web sites that relate to your educational interests and or your philosophy of education and educational technology.
- Locate at least 3 of you favorite books or other resources (videos) on education and/or educational technology.
- 1. Post your findings on your Teaching Philosophy web page in your portfolio along with your narrative that describes your teaching philosophy.
- Evaluate three different instructional courseware packages or web sites using the three software evaluation forms downloaded from this page. Refer to the procedures for Evaluating Computer Courseware below. You may review any piece of instructional software you like but you may wish to focus on the software which relates most closely to your teaching discipline.
- Download courseware evaluation form (doc).
- Complete the three forms rating three different instructional courseware packages or web sites: here are some recommended steps to follow in evaluating instructional software;
- Run the program briefly to become familiar with its operation and features.
- Execute the program as a conscientious student, avoiding intentional or careless errors. Extend the program when possible by interacting as a creative student would
- Execute the program as a careless student would. Respond incorrectly to test how the program handles student errors. Repeat the same response and also try giving different incorrect responses. Make other kinds of errors such as typing mistakes incorrect form of input, content errors, and errors in following directions.
- Choose a checklist for the evaluation of software adapting it as necessary to fit your own needs. Key factors to consider:
- Directions The directions should be complete, readable, under the user's control, and they should include appropriate examples.
- Input A program should ensure that a user knows when and in what form input is needed. Usually, minimal typing should be required.
- Output Program responses should be readable, understandable, complete, and not derogatory to the student.
- Content The content should be accurate, appropriate, and free of grammar, usage, and spelling errors.
- Screen formatting Are the screens easy to understand- not distracting or cluttered?
- Documentation Includes instructional objectives, suggested activities, instruction for teacher modification, and other needed information?
Participate in the discussion concerning the relative merits of the 3 forms from the perspective of someone who is completing the form and an evaluator who is making decisions based on the forms:
- Three discussions will take place in consecutive class sessions: First Session - Checklist for Microcomputer Software, Second Session - Open-ended Software Evaluation, and Third Session - MicroSift Courseware Evaluation.
- Discussion groups will be assigned to three session: Subject / content speciality, Random (student numbers), and Grade levels you teach.
- Each sessions will last 30 minutes. All class members should present one piece of software at each session. Equal time should be given each presenter.
- Using the relevant software evaluation form as a guide: Begin by telling your discussion group the name of the software you reviewed, the vendor/author, the subject area and the intended grade level.
- Review what the software does - how it works, graphics, feedback, record keeping, etc.
- Explain how you rate this software in general terms? Would you use it in your teaching (why/why not)? How would you use it? Should the district purchase a copy?
- Assess the evaluation forms themselves. Would you prefer a different kind of form? Why?
Post ONE pdf file that contains evaluation forms to your portfolio.
- You should have evaluated a diffeerent resource (website or software) on each form for a total of 3 resource evaluations. Here is an example.
- Also the additions to your philosophy page