Given the challenge of selecting apps for use in instruction, this presentation describes use of the free 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 scaffold teachers' decision making for based on three components:
1) Apps: for selecting relevant apps from a database of a thousand 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.
Presenters will discuss how this site can be tailored to meet the particular needs of schools/districts or university teacher education methods courses, or curriculum objectives for assisting teachers' decision-making process. Attendees will be asked to participate on the site to openly share their comments and feedback related to potential use of the site, as well as to provide suggestions regarding further needed revisions of the site for professional development. Learn use of Techscaffold.com for planning instruction using apps.
Topic Area(s): Effective Teaching Practices
Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota.He is coauthor of Understanding and Creating Digital Texts: An Activity-Based Approach (http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com) and Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum: A Literacy-Based Framework and Guide (http://usingipads.pbworks.com). He is a former president of the Literacy Research Association.