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Digital Media for the Classroom: Getting Started

A guide to digital media tools for the classroom

Selecting the Best Digital Media Software for the Classroom

From social media to mobile devices to online learning communities, digital technologies has had a significant impact on what we learn and how we teach. Finding the best technologies to use in the classroom can be a challenge. There are so many free applications and software on the web that teachers and librarians can get overwhelmed with the number of possibilities.

Teachers and librarians also need to think critically about whether or not the software will:

(a) help them achieve a particular learning outcome

or

(b) help them to create a meaningful classroom experience

The following two sections provide teachers and librarians with tips on what to consider when choosing the best digital tool to choose for their instructional setting.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for Learning Outcomes

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy  

Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies different levels of human cognition in thinking, learning, and understanding. But in a digital age, educators are thinking about it as Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained – and essential - part of learning. 

Evaluation and Selection of Digital Tools for Classroom Experience

In Evaluation and Selection of Learning Resources: A guide the Prince Edward Island Department of Education suggests the following questions to ask oneself when choosing a digital media softwares to use the classroom:

  • Does the digital media pass the test of functionality and useability?
  • Would it be practical to use the digital media software in the classroom?
  • What would be the added in using the digital media for the classroom?
  • How would the digital media software be used in the classroom?
  • How would the digital media fit into the content of the course?
  • In what context would the digital media software be used?
  • Would this resource be usable for the majority of the target audience given considerations of support, training, and facilities available?
  • Is there some assurance of ongoing availability?
  • Is the resource designed for educational use, or is it more appropriate for home use?

Source: PEI Department of Education. (2008). Evaluation and selection of learning resources: A guide. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.