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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


What's Your Favorite Technagogy

by Christine Bauer-Ramazani
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: May 16, 2009 by Teacher Education
Overview: What's Your Favorite Technagogy? website was developed for a presentation at the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2008 Conference.
Learning Goals: The primary goal of this training material is for users to become familiar with the pedagogical considerations that take priority for the use of software, online tools, and applications for distance learning with respect to second langauage learning.
Target Student Population: College General Ed , Professional, TESOL in-service and preservice teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Users of this workshop need to have knowlegde of teaching pedagogy and methodology, as well as knowledge of technology tools; basic knowledge of TESOL.
Type of Material: Workshop and Training Material
Recommended Uses: This training material can be used to gain familiarity with technology such as wikis, ipods, and tablet PCs. It can also be used to gain a better understanding of the pedagogy associated with using technology in the teaching and learning process. It is especially useful for TESOL in-service and preservice teachers.
Technical Requirements: Basic technology skills

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The information on this website was developed to guide a discussion group at a TESOL Conference. The outlined information is valid and could be used with a variety of content areas to guide discussion groups. Since the website is in an outline-guide format, it does not present the content knowledge, but provides numerous links to sites about the use of technology and pedagogy information. The discussion presents a variety of technology tools resources. This is useful content for those who readily use technology, but want to adapt it to distance learning.
Concerns: The content and variety of technology tools referenced may be a bit overwhelming for those who are not "tech" savvy. It is a useful guide for discussion with resources, but does not present content.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This discussion guide website with resources would work well with courses offered in higher education to complete a TESOL certification for in-service and preservice teachers. Since it is a guide for discussion of using technology in teaching, it could also be used in a variety of content areas in higher education, such as educational technology, mathematics, science, and history.
Concerns: This training material may be a bit overwhelming even for those who have a wealth of experience with pedagogy as well as technology. It is a guide with resources.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This a an easy to use website with one long page. The links open in a new window.
Concerns: A video or some kind of voice recording would make this training more user friendly.

Other Issues and Comments: None