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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The A.T.TIPSCAST

by Christopher Bugaj
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jul 18, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: The A.T.TIPScast: Assistive Technology Tools In Public Schools is a podcast about using technology to help students meet their educational goals. Each episode features at least one “A.T.TIP” that can be used to differentiate and individualize the learning process. It provides a wealth of information that not only deals with assistive technology but also with web applications that can enhance classroom teaching strategies.
Learning Goals: The About us page has broad general goals to help students meet their educational goals and tips for teachers that can be used to differentiate lessons and individualize the learning process. Each of the podcasts deals with a different topic, so goals depend on the particular edition.
Target Student Population: Educator and student educators implementing technology for students at all grade levels. It is recommended that educators should first look to the type of technology that they already have in their environment.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: Workshop and Training Material
Recommended Uses: Professionals who use technology to overcome problems in order to achieve their objectives. The team utilizes their different talents to assess each situation by analyzing their environment and then implementing technology to address the issues.
Technical Requirements: The Adobe Flash Player or an HTML5 supported browser is required for video playback.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: There is a large amount of free information and learning objects are both valid and significant, free professional development kits. The site has won awards for content by several groups; audio recordings are presented in a fun manner so that general education teachers can use the materials effectively,
Concerns: When links are posted there is generally no or very little description about the content.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: We were able to use one of the tools (Wiki summarizer) shared on this site to complete this review. The PD resources are very helpful. Many of the materials presented can be used with Smart board activities. These learning materials can be used at the planning stage of a lesson and its greatest strength is to improve teachers ability to differentiate and students ability to master the content.
Concerns: This is a blog that is full of information; however, it is difficult to find a particular topic; better organization might help. Ads, bumpers and personal notes distract from a professional appearance.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The menu bar is clearly labeled. Feedback is located on the About us page. Many links to social media.
Concerns: As previously stated initially navigation was difficult at first. Vertical scrolling is challenging and can cause someone to get lost. This site is basically for teachers and I believe most students would have difficulty. Social media links are not organized.

Other Issues and Comments: When posting links a brief description may be helpful.
Comments from Author: These seem to be fair assessments to me. I appreciated the constructive feedback and I'll work to make these improvements to the site! Thank you so much for evaluating the site and resources! Chris