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García-Barbosa & Mascazine, 2002 – "The use of media is determined by an instructor's objectives. Researchers have found that the use of media can motivate students to learn."
Jasinski, 1998 – The value of any technology for education is proportional to the need for that technology to realize educational objectives."
Broadly speaking, technology can refer to any physical devices, knowledge, activities or process. On this Web site, technology refers to any instructional media from text, transparencies, PowerPoint, pictures, graphics, audio, video, to simulations and multimedia.
When selecting from among many different technologies, make your selection based on which technology will help most to achieve course learning objectives. Below are some examples of selecting appropriate technologies to support the goals/objectives for the course:
|Goals / Objectives||Supporting technologies|
|Critique media||View a TV show and write a critique.|
|Perform physical skills||Videotape the process in
order to observe and improve skills
|Conduct a chemistry experiment||Use a robot to conduct dangerous tasks.|
|Biology analysis||Use a microscope to magnify materials.|
|Conduct an interview||Use videoconferencing to interview people at other locations|
|Edit a clip of music||Use music editing software and equipment|
Hancock (1992) suggested a "LOCATE" model to help educators match media materials with instructional outcomes.
García-Barbosa, T. J. & Mascazine, J. R. (2002). Guidelines for College Science Teaching Assistants.
Retrieved May 14, 2003, from http://www.ericse.org/digests/dse98-11.html
Hancock, Vicki (1992). LOCATE: Matching Media with Instruction.
Retrieved May 14, 2003, from
Jasinski, M. (1998). Pedagogical issues emerging from this project.
Retrieved May 14, 2003, from http://www.tafe.sa.edu.au/lsrsc/one/natproj/tal/pedissues/pedaiss.htm [NO LONGER AVAILABLE]