Framework for Technology in Class

Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation as it is described in the RAT Framework


The RAT Framework: Technology can be used in three ways

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A framework is a guide, and most often it’s an easy to remember guide or easy to follow guide. Frameworks consist of concepts, definitions and theories.

A framework should be…

  1. Clear
  2. Sound
  3. Rational
  4. Logical
  5. Accurate

     The RAT Framework is a guide to using technology in the classroom. A great example of an assignment that aligns with the acronym RAT is

R: Replacement, this would be instead of using a paperback dictionary/thesaurus in class and having students substitute it with a dictionary/thesaurus website or app such as Merriam-Webster. Great for English classes.

A: Amplification, this would be if students used a program such as Create a Graph to make multiple versions of a chart using data they found in class. Very useful in math and science courses.

T: Transformation, this would be using a technology such as virtual field trips, 3 Virtual Trips is a site which leads to interactive, first person experiences and simulations students may have never been able to see before. Some of the trips include Anne Frank, Ancient Egypt, and Ellis Island. Elsewhere on the internet you can take virtual tours of the Vatican and Lascaux Cave Paintings. Great for Social Studies and Art teachers to use.

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