Assess students

The first step prior to choosing a technology or strategy to use in one’s classroom is to assess the needs of the class and its individual students. The aim is to create measurable goals. Ideally, these goals should be individualized to each student. It is extremely beneficial to collaborate with other educators teaching a similar subject or grade.

Gather evidence

Next, use a framework such as the PETI or the questions created by Joel Smith and Susan Ambrose to validate and measure the teaching strategies used to address the goals created in step one. It is important that the teacher collect data on the objective using the framework or similar measure and assess student progress to determine efficacy for the identified technology/strategy. The data collected and progress assessments provide preliminary evidence for the teaching strategy.

Share results

Once an effective strategy and technology have been identified and tracked, it is best to ensure all members of a department or grade level team understand the created evidence-based practice briefs which describe it in detail and include step-by-step directions for implementation, an implementation checklist, and supplemental materials. As more teachers document evidence on strategies and share that evidence, strategies are refined, and evidence to support the effective strategies begins to grow.

Joe Dixon is Chief Learning Officer at Teq.