I'm often asked about using technology to increase rigor in the classroom. Can it be used? Does it matter which program I use? The answer to both questions is yes, as long as you remember technology is a tool, not an end result. In a recent article at TeachThought, I've answered these questions in more detail.
Instructional rigor is a concept we can agree is important, despite the debate about the use of the word itself. Rigor is “creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels; each student is supported so
he or she can learn at high levels; and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).” But how does technology relate to rigor? As with any instructional tool, educational technology is critical to increasing rigor in the classroom. There are five ways technology can be used to increase rigor.
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