Sites which students will use directly MUST be:

  1. useful - give students opportunities to learn and do important things 
  2. effective - do something at least as well and as effectively as a teacher
  3. efficient - have a learning curve appropriate for the benefits
  4. clean and clear - offer few distractions, no inappropriate images, text or links
  5. manageable - can be used in an educational, not just learning, setting

Some additional features I look for and value:

  1. productive in nature, not just consumptive
  2. limited or no advertising
  3. sense of fun and/or humor
  4. allow for or encourage "double-dipping" meeting multiple objectives or standards at once

The ISTE Educational Technology Standards for Students can help to organize and inform our use of technologies...

Serve as guidelines, reminders, measuring sticks and encouragers to the use of technologies in our curricular endeavors as well as our technology-focus courses.

more about NETS is on the ISTE NETS Implementation website


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