The proliferation of digital resources means that there are many new tools available to use in the classroom. It also means that educators must evaluate them before using them.
Bull, Bull, and Dawson (1999) suggest four criteria for evaluating digital resources:
- are they able to transform teaching;
- are they able to withstand peer review;
- do they have an internal champion committed to scholarship; and
- are the resources provided related to the curriculum?
Rogers (2004) maintains that teachers have to consider the benefits, the “relative advantage,” of using technology and decide if the benefits are worthwhile. The Technology Integration Planning Model – TIP (Robyler, 2006) can help teachers, especially those new to technology, plan for effective classroom uses of technology.