Criteria for Selecting Technological Tools and Resources


Technologies which students will use directly MUST be:

  1. useful - give students opportunities to learn and do important things 
  2. effective - do something at least as well and as effectively as a teacher
  3. efficient - have a learning curve appropriate for the benefits
  4. clean and clear - offer few distractions, no inappropriate images, text or links
  5. manageable - can be used in an educational, not just learning, setting

Some additional features I look for and value:

  1. productive in nature, not just consumptive
  2. limited or no advertising
  3. sense of fun and/or humor
  4. allow for or encourage "double-dipping" meeting multiple objectives or standards at once

Don't forget to pay attention to the reading level and content level... make sure they "Match".