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Design Quality and Technology Use in the Top 100 U.S. History Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers
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, Arizona State University, United States ; , California State University, Stanislaus, United States ; , Arizona State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Online ISBN 978-1-939797-48-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study examines the design quality of and technology use of history instructional resources sold on TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT), one of the most prominent online educational marketplaces (Gomes, 2015). We conducted a content analysis of the 100 top selling TpT U.S. history activities for 11th grade. Overall, we found that the best-selling 11th grade U.S. history activities on TpT contained high marketing appeal and strong graphic design elements, but were uneven in terms of instructional support. Additionally, we found that 80% of activities contained no student technology use and 64% violated copyright terms established by TpT. With the growth of educational marketplaces, it seems that there is a need for additional support beyond design elements that focus on appearance. Although aesthetic design aspects may sell materials, there is a responsibility for online teacherpreneurs to ensure quality instructional components as well.

Citation

Archambault, L., Shelton, C. & Harris, L. (2020). Design Quality and Technology Use in the Top 100 U.S. History Activities on Teachers Pay Teachers. In D. Schmidt-Crawford (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1458-1463). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 4, 2021 from .

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