Student Choice is a low-prep strategy. Such strategies are often implemented on the fly and usually don't require much, if any, prior preparation. Adding a technology component to these low-prep strategies can add time for preparation and/or implementation. As with any technology implementation, do so only when it makes a difference, not just for the sake of using technology.

Providing choice allows students to use multiple intelligences, bring individual interests to the learning process, and use preferred modalities. Choice empowers students and gives them a measure of control over their learning. Too often students working below grade level work almost exclusively in highly programmed learning management systems that provide little choice in the effort to help them catch up. This is unfortunate in that choice is one of the first important steps to building responsibility and life long learning skills.

You can informally give students choices or set up more formal options. It can be a simple as providing a short menu of options or can be incorporated in more complex strategies such as Learning Contracts, Centers, and Project-Based Learning. Choice can be offered among a few options or a wide range of options -- it is up to the teacher to determine the best balance.

Making good choices available is best done on the basis of really knowing students -- their interests, their background and experiences, their preferred learning styles and modalities, etc.

How can technology be used to facilitate offering students choice? Add your ideas to the list...
  • Post options on a teacher or class website