I find it very useful, when reviewing models of learning to think about the kinds of questions that the model generates. It helps me to take an abstract concept and bring it down to a practical level. Which is why I found it helpful to see the questions in an article about the SITE model, a learner-centered way to thinking that can help with curriculum design.
The Sociocultural Sub-context
The Technical Sub-context
The Informational Sub-context
How will users access know-how and data that might help them to use the technical system to achieve their goals or those of the community?
What are the general education and literacy levels of our prospective learners or users?
What is the user's ability to work with: books and manuals, performance support systems, coaches and supervisors, tutorials and instruction?
What are the attitudes of users toward the informational sub-context?
Do they see the informational sub-context as supportive?
Do they see the informational sub-context as a set of obstacles?
In education or any endeavor, it boils down to whether you can ask the right questions to get the job done, the issue addressed, or the problem solved and these questions are a great jumping off place. In term of applying this to increased engagement for Silent Sustained Reading using technology, the key questions I would pull, from each of the three subsets are:
Lisa Gottfried is a CTE teacher with 20 years experience as CEO of her own Video and Motion Graphics Production house. She currently teaches Intro to Digital Media, Video Production and Game/3D Design. She loves her job and her students!