Dogfooding? Yes.

One of the ed blogs I read, “Cult of PedagogyScreen Shot 2015-06-11 at 12.55.23 AM,” by Jennifer Gonzalez, regularly touches on straightforward ways to incorporate tech to modify and redefine the tasks our students do.  In a recent blog, she imported a term from software development lingo to apply to teaching practice and preparation:  dogfooding.  Do you dogfood? Regularly?

According to the article, dogfooding “refers to the act of using your own product as a consumer in order to work out its glitches, the metaphorical equivalent of ‘eating your own dog food.'” it goes on to say that when developers create a new app or software, they load it on to their own device to test its functionality as a user would.

She recommends that teachers incorporate dogfooding into their instructional design, that actually doing what we ask our students to do, from start to finish, is enlightening.  I would think this is especially true for tech that we ask them to use.

I would often complete the work I asked my students to do, but when I got too busy, I often skipped this step.  What about other teachers?  Do you try to follow your directions through your students’ eyes?  Complete projects that you ask them to do?  What do you think?

You can read the full post here.

Marissa Dietrich

Photo by Lou Ann Snawder, CC License here.


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