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Monday, October 4, 2010

Planning a Lesson

Use the "My Tech Integration Plan" document (posted on the homepage) to help you get started in planning a lesson/activity/unit that integrates technology. First, I would suggest you take a lesson or project that you have taught before, without technology. It will be more comfortable for you to work with material that is very familiar to you, and just tweak it a bit to try something new. Though a simplistic document, the tech integration plan will help narrow your focus as you begin planning what could become something large in scale.

The question I am asked most frequently is, "How long will this take?" or "How much time will I need?" My answer is usually twofold. One, how much time are you willing to devote to this project? Two, what technical skills will your students need to be able to meet your expectations? Oftentimes we have a great idea that leaps ahead to the final product, and we forget all the little steps to actually getting there. For example, if you want your students to create a narrated slideshow, there are many technologies involved: audio recording (what program will you use? do you have microphones? how will your students save that to import into another program?), digital images (not just researching, gathering, and citing sources, but understanding picture formats, size, and resolution, where to save them, how to import them into the project, etc.), and understanding finished product formats and knowing how/where to save and publish them. Do you think they already know how to do all those things? Do you know how to do all those things?

During the October 8th inservice, you will see a presentation that offers you some practical tips for planning. The most important thing, of course, is for you to clearly establish your curricular goals. If technology lends itself to your project and helps you reach those goals, then it's time to get started. One suggestion offered was to make a sample of the finished product. Dig in and find out for yourself what challenges your students will encounter. You will quickly see what little steps need to be taken along the way to both teach effectively and ensure that what your students create matches your expectations.Taking your project from an idea to a turn in-able file will reveal everything you and your students need to know. Do not be overwhelmed! Start small, and ask for help. That's what we're here for. :)

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