Do you smell a RAT? The RAT refers to the acronym for the R.A.T. model…
Replacement: Technology serves as a digital ‘surrogate’ that supports instructional pedagogies and student learning; but in no way changes them.
Amplification: Technology enhances instructional pedagogies and student learning resulting in more efficient, effective and productive learning outcomes.
Transformation: Technology transforms certain elements of classroom instruction and student learning in new ways, creating new or enhanced opportunities to make the curriculum more accessible to students. Dean posted a great blog about ICT Helping Students With A Learning Disability while Pre-service HPE teacher Tamekah appropriately posted a blog titled Enhance and Transform Learning… What about HPE?
What is an Instructional Event and what does it include?
Another acronym is ‘SLIC’, which encompasses three themes of an instructional event:
- Student Learning – what the students are doing…
- Instructional methods – what the teacher is doing to support the students (and)
- Curriculum goals – the skills and knowledge the learners are developing.
Hughes et al. (2006) uses ‘SLIC’ to evaluate the use of ICT and Pedagogy.
Together, the R.A.T. model and ‘SLIC’ could be used to transform ICT and pedagogy within our classrooms.
Hughes, J. (2016). Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation: The R.A.T. Model. Retrieved March 17, 2016 from http://techedges.org/r-a-t-model/