This week in the content we were introduced to a few new frameworks, one of these included the RAT Framework. This was quite interesting as it provided a new perspective on how to choose what ICTs to use and how to evaluate their value. The RAT Framework consists of 3 parts:
Technology can be used to replace, amplify or enhance, and transform traditional learning to make it more efficient and effective for both the students and the teachers.
The replacement level of the framework is simply using technology to replace something that could be done by hand but doesn’t enhance or transform the learning. For example, using a word processing application on a computer to replace writing. While it can make the writing down of words etc. more efficient it does not really enhance or transform their learning, just makes it more convenient.
Amplification is in relation to using technology to increase “efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of instructional practices, student learning processes, or content goals.” The tasks in this level essentially stay the same however, the use of the technology extends our capabilities in effectiveness. For example, a teacher creates their worksheets digitally and gets their students to complete them digitally also. This is an example of amplification as there is more efficiency in receiving the worksheets and the worksheets being digital means that the teacher can alter them anytime and reuse them.
Transformation uses technology to reinvent aspects of instruction, learning, or curriculum in new and original ways. This level is using technology to get across an objective in a way that could not otherwise be done or as in depth without the use of technology. For example, using a program called StorySpace to write hypertext narratives even though it is not in the tradition curriculum. Instead of writing linear stories, students wrote intertextually; this would not have worked as well with a string of paper.
This framework will help me choose what ICTs I use in the classroom, especially on my next placement. While I am still unsure of where I am going or which teaching area I will have, both of my teaching areas (music and special education) benefit greatly from the use of ICT.