Module 5: Teaching with Technology

Selecting Appropriate Technologies:

Using a Range of Technologies


Technical instructors often prepare future science and engineering technicians. They need to consider an entire range of technologies in their fields and give students strategies for using these tools.

Watch this video of a Mammal Biology class in radio tracking making use of transmitters, receivers, GPS, compasses, PDAs, data sheets, and aerial photos.

Video: Using a Range of Technologies (4:06)

Think About

How has the instructor put technological tools in students' hands? What is the value of relating animal tracking devices to GPS, a compass, a PDA, and paper and pencil?

Now consider your own field and how you might provide similar experiences.


What technological devices are used in your field? How can you encourage students to understand how and why these devices work? What can they do when such devices fail to work?