The RAT Hughes (2006) model can be used to assist us as teachers in implementing ICTs into our teaching instruction, learning and curriculum. This allows us to have a clear framework to ensure we are not merely replacing with ICT’s but enhancing learning or saving time using ICT’s or completely transforming the process of product from the original.
The Rat model stands for:
Recently while working with grades one and three during my teaching assistant/aide work I helped the children as they used Ipads to create a basic code for their character to perform a set of functions ( dance, jump etc.), as part of their technology learning. From my understanding of the RAT model this would be considered transformation of learning and curriculum as ICTs were being used in order to completely change the way their coding was taught and provided for changed curriculum. However the children I worked with in the prep classroom used the Ipads for Mathletics/Reading eggs programs and therefore I would consider these to be perhaps an amplification of teaching instruction and learning as it enabled the children to accomplish more independently than they would have with worksheets or non ICT equipment. Please feel free to comment on this as I feel I am still learning and am a little confused on this and would love some feedback.
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/