Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiencesISTE Coaching Standards (2014)
“Enhancement considers how technology tools help students develop an understanding of the learning goals that they could not otherwise have achieved.”Liz Kolb
When planning technology-enhanced learning experiences, my mind wanders to Liz Kolb. She is the creator of the Triple E Framework that helps teachers evaluate lessons and tech tools to see if they engage, enhance, and extend the learning.
The Triple E Framework defines Enhance as (p 34):
- The technology allows students to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the learning goals or content (higher-level thinking skills).
- The technology creates ways (scaffolds) to make it easier to understand concepts or ideas.
- The technology creates paths for students to demonstrate their understanding of the learning goals in a way that they could not do with traditional tools.
My blog post, Identifying the Right Tool for the Job, walks us through the process of identifying a deficit (vocabulary in context), finding and evaluating a tech tool (Vocabulary.com) using common sense media as well as the Triple E framework, and finishes up with student and parent testimonies about how this tool helped them learn vocabulary in context.
Liz Kolb also has a chapter in her book, Learning First, Technology Second dedicated to Scenarios of Enhancement. They have really opened up my eyes to show that enhancement has to be more than something that just engages the students. It has to be directly tied to and support their learning goals. Most importantly, they have to add “opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking skills, differentiating learning, or provide learning opportunities that traditional tools could not easily offer.” (p 70)
Additionally, if you are looking for instructional teaching strategies to help you enhance your teaching, here is a list I found from Liz Kolb’s Triple E Framework website.
- Kolb, L. (2017). Learning First, Technology Second: the Educators Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons. Eugene: International Society for Tech in Ed.
- Triple E Framework. (n.d.). Retrieved June 7, 2020, from https://www.tripleeframework.com/