1.1 Principles underpinning resource selection for learning and development
Resources can be found, made and developed in a variety of ways. They also exist in numerous forms such as paper and printed material, newspapers and journals, to media based resources such as videos, images and blogs. Another extremely valuable resource available can be the teacher themselves, or other people such as guest speakers and specialists who can all provide comprehensive, primary evidence which can enhance a learners experience more, for example, than a paper resource. When considering the preparation and development of a resource, cost is an important factor to consider. As well as monetary cost of the materials needed to create the resource, I will also contemplate the time in which it will take to produce the resource as a whole and believe that the time taken to prepare and develop is as crucial as the money which needs to be spent to do so. When developing a resource I must take into account the group of learners for which it is aimed and specific needs individual learners may have. For example, the complexity of the resource will change depending on the learners at which it is aimed. This will relate to the level of study or overall ability within the class but can also be used for differentiation of students. Being aware of specific learner needs also enables the teacher to tailor the content and format of each resource. Images and videos can be used in presentations instead of blocks of text, worksheets and practical activities can also be designed to help deliver the same content but in a more effective manner. Online resources are also valuable in the learning and development environment therefore offering a different approach to both teaching and learning.
1.2 Factors that are important when developing and preparing resources that conform to national legislation and organisational policies