21st Century Tools

Using technology in the classroom can be scary. Use three simple steps as your guide to using technology as a form of personalized learning.

In creating technology-based lesson plans, we focus on three major areas: 1) Guided by Standards, 2) flexing the environment, 3) and Knowing the Learner.

 

Steps to create technology lesson plans:

 

1-       Start with viewing teacher’s lesson plans to see what their objectives, standards, and EQs are so we can determine how to apply 21st century resources effectively. By establishing the objectives, and assessments, it becomes easier to substitute using best practices.

2-     Flexing the environment is another suggestion offered to teachers, giving students the freedom to move purposefully around the classroom is one way to encourage differentiation. Students are able to use the standards and unit objectives to decide their level of knowledge and growth. Teachers can use this as a formative assessment to construct their summative assessments, further shaping the progression of the unit. This is best to accomplish the target and assessments during the planning phases. Ideally, using the UbD model can make using the flexed environment practically.

3-     Cultural responsiveness is one way to know the learner. Being able to involve community, parents, and student’s lives as designing perfect classroom space—educator can use these tools to establish a personalized environment for each student. The concept of using the student’s background as an incorporation of the unit or lesson is the perfect way to ensure student engagement and community support. This moves the classroom into a student-centered environ.

 

Resources available to help:

 

  1. with using standards….the Bloom’s Taxonomy categories have been re-purposed into a technology wheel. If the Bloom’s level is “Analyze” and your standard skill is compare/contrast it is suggested to use MindMash or ComicLife applications to accomplish that skill. Using the gradual release model, grouping, and blended technology during the integration phase, will assist with student achievement and enrichment. DOK Tech Wheel

 

 

 

  1. with flexing the environment…students are able to use the standards and unit objectives to decide their level of knowledge and growth. Teachers can use this as a formative assessment to construct their summative assessments, further shaping the progression of the unit. This is best to accomplish the target and assessments during the planning phases. Ideally, using the UbD model can make using the flexed environment practically.

 

Need flexing ideas?

 

  1. with knowing the learner….“I believe that the student-centered learning environment enables an educator to deal effectively with all types of students in the same classroom. A student-centered learning environment encourages students to become independent learners and ultimately to be in charge of their own education” (“Student-Centered Learning Environments”). Of course, understanding the student will be easier to gauge text complexity and cognitive development.

 

Do you know your students?

 

References

“Bloom’s Taxnomy SAR Wheel” [webpage]. Retrieved  from: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/2HOfZz4Ic4nMFYAoO2lS1FV3FnCuPV5WSLlHEzgUwIVf7pIEyjlYRn28OopL0rIKcOEfV_Mpj9by7MR  MG8sNexEe88kffHt6-3dLSBhO3VpG1H-S_HGk3Xarhw

“PLE Instructional Practices Matrix” [webpage]. Retrieved  from: http://www.gcsnc.com/files/_ySEyG_/c0491c6441a8a42e3745a49013852ec4/Condensed_PLE_Navigator.pdf

“Student-Centered Learning Environments” [webpage]. Retrieved from: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-centered-learning-      environments-paul-bogdan

 

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