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Evaluating educational software : a historical overview and the challenges ahead

Mukherjee, Michelle (2011) Evaluating educational software : a historical overview and the challenges ahead. In Lê, Thao & Lê, Quynh (Eds.) Technologies for Enhancing Pedagogy, Engagement and Empowerment in Education: Creating Learning-Friendly Environments. IGI Global/Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 264-276.

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Abstract

Teachers are under increasing pressure from government and school management to incorporate technology into lessons. They need to consider which technologies can most effectively enhance subject learning, encourage higher order thinking skills and support the performance of authentic tasks. This chapter reviews the practical and theoretical tools that have been developed to aid teachers in selecting software and reviews the software assessment methodologies from the 1980s to the present day. It concludes that teachers need guidance to structure the evaluation of technology, to consider its educational affordances, its usability, its suitability for the students and the classroom environment and its fit to the teachers’ preferred pedagogies.

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ID Code: 45868
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: ICT, technology, choosing, evaluating
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-074-3
ISBN: 9781613500743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 by IGI Global.
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Deposited On: 12 Sep 2011 13:12
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:12

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