A smelly stinky rat. No, not the animal.
This week we got introduced to the ‘RAT’ framework (Hughes et., al, 2006). What is that you ask? It stands for Replace Amplify Transform. This framework is used to evaluate what level in which you are using ICT’s in your teaching. Basically the aim is to not replace your learning with using ICT’s for the sake of it, but to enhance (or amplify) your lessons with the use of ICT’s. So for example: If I was teaching English, I wouldn’t simply replace the way the children learn how to write with an app, as that would not amplify the lesson at all. The students would never get a chance to physically learn how to write this way. But if the students were to use an app that shows them how to write a word of their choice while they write pencil to paper, that would enhance the lesson as the ICT component is helping them achieve another skill. And now for the transform. The transforming component is used to change the lesson entirely with ICT’s. This would be used when the students are learning skills and processes, not just content. It would change the way in which the teacher conducts their instruction and learning (Farwell, 2017).
I look forward to learning more about the RAT framework and seeing how I can use it in my teaching. It would be interesting to see what I automatically fall towards. I feel like I would probably fall towards amplifying originally, as it may be easier (and less daunting) than transforming but we will have to see. I will get back to you on that!
Until next time,
Farwell, V. (2017). Introducing the RAT model. Retrieved March 17, 2017, from http://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/m2/mod/book/view.php?id=706535
Hughes, J., Thomas, R., & Scharber, C. (2006). Assessing Technology Integration: The RAT – Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation – Framework. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber, & D. A. Willis (Eds.), Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 1616-1620). Orlando, Florida: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/22293/