- by MU Instructional Designers
September 1, 2021
2 min read
You can create learning experiences that allow students to continue to develop digital skills while increasing their engagement with the course content that may be enhanced by using a particular technology. But before you adopt something new ask yourself the three questions below, found in 3 Questions to ask when choosing technology for the classroom.
- Is the goal of the tool clear?
- Is the tool relevant?
- Is the EdTech tool meaningful?
Many of the web 2.0 tools that you might use for innovative projects cost no money, but keep in mind that nothing’s ever entirely free. By using these “free” services, you are often
- exposing yourself (or your students) to extensive advertising,
- giving up rights to and/or ownership of content that you (or your students) create, and
- sharing information that can be used by advertisers (and possibly even hacked for more nefarious purposes).
Ideally, you should read every document carefully before agreeing to terms and conditions, but realistically you and your students may not do this when using tools outside of our LMS (Canvas). A good place to start is with the tips in the article, “How to Quickly Read a Terms of Service” by Thorin Klosowski on LifeHacker. It provides some practical strategies for skim-reading and getting the highlights out of that legalese.
If you’d like to learn more, check out our Privacy & 3rd Party Tools Annotated Bibliography for more resources.