Evaluating Resources

Evaluating Resources for Use in the Classroom

Executive Summary about Evaluating Resources by Michael Hines

Classroom Observations

Classroom Observations

Resources are a tool every teacher uses daily in order to enhance the learning environment, motivate students or assist in student comprehension. Resources can be basic materials such as worksheets, presentation materials (PowerPoints, etc.) or even online learning via the web. When deciding on any resource it is best to look at the usability of the resources. Resources should help with bringing out creativity in both teachers and students. The best resources will push teachers to expand the horizons of learners. Resources can be a great way to spark the creativity of a class.

Finally, the age of the students should also be considered when choosing resources. Always keep the age of students in mind when selecting the resources.

When dealing with online educational resources, there are many other considerations. Here are some important questions to ask when evaluating online educational resources.

Is the resource authoritative? Will it support students with different learning styles? Does the content make its educational purpose explicit? Does the resource provide support and give feedback? Does the resource enhance collaborative learning by encouraging learners to discuss problems, share information and ideas and reach group agreement? Is the resource technically stable? Internet safety

Your school may have an internet safety policy that suggests some criteria for the evaluation of internet material. InclusionOnline resources should be flexible and adaptable to enable learners with a wide range of needs to use them. For example, some resources can be configured for different visual requirements or reading ages. Selecting sites for teaching and learningHere is a suggested structure for reviewing web resources.

1. Initial review

Use the links above to select sites with your learning objectives or educational purpose (curriculum learning or key skills such as communication) in mind. Look at what the site offers in terms of content, structure and supporting teaching and learning. Compile an annotated shortlist of sites.

2. Learner review in pairs / experienced learner review
Ask pairs of pupils already familiar with the curriculum content to review sites and complete the evaluation sheet. Alternatively, gather a range of perspectives by asking subject experts or ICT experts to review resources.

3. Action research review

Once the resource is in use, carry out action research in your classroom, to evaluate its effectiveness.

Evaluating Resources

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