Tools, tasks, and strategies: a conceptual framework for using free and open source software in K-12 learning activities.

ID: 35230 Type: Full Paper
  1. Brian Giza and Olga Kosheleva, University of Texas at El Paso, United States

Thursday, March 8 10:15-10:45 AM Location: Capitol B View on map

Presider: Beth Bos, Texas State University - retired, United States

Abstract: The tools, tasks, and strategies (TTS) framework is being used in a major Southwestern university to help teachers adapt technology-enhanced lessons as technology changes over time. This is useful because of the fast rate at which technology tools become obsolete or are replaced with new options. For example, in graduate educational technology programs Free and Open Source Software tools (often referred to as FOSS or FLOSS tools) are being used instead of proprietary ones to facilitate technology-enhanced content learning. The tools, tasks, and strategies approach examines tools (such as software), learning tasks (defined by learning objectives), and explores strategies for applying the tool to the learning task in the context of a variety of pedagogical approaches. This article describes the TTS framework and gives an example of it in application to classroom geometry activities.

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