When I first started learning how to design a lesson plan, I remember feeling overwhelmed and I thought that they were such complex, mammoth tasks. But now, after having developed and implemented quite a few while on professional placement, I feel as though I’ve conquered that fear and I can now proudly and confidently whip up a good lesson plan in no time.
That was all fine and dandy until now… My assessment task right now is to design an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) rich unit plan and yes, I am feeling overwhelmed and yes, it is feeling a lot like a complex and mammoth task! The overarching goal of this unit plan is to embed ICT into the learning experiences to not only aid in the construction of knowledge, but to aid the transformation of knowledge also. The key learning area I have chosen is English (no surprise there) and I have chosen the learning objectives from the curriculum and decided upon the summative assessment. The final and most important stage is to plan ICT rich, sequential learning experiences which will probably consist of somewhere between 15 to 18 lessons to help students get from point A to point B. I know…I hear ya!
So where to start? There are literally thousands of digital learning tools available, but do they really have educative value? My first thoughts were creating lessons that integrated the interactive whiteboard as a digital platform or even showing educational you tube clips because they are absolutely wonderful for aiding in the construction of knowledge, but do they really transform knowledge?
Google Docs is a great teaching and learning tool which has so many terrific features. Students can access it at any time to work on their project, students can collaborate with other students on the same document, teachers can mark the student’s work and provide feedback at any time and straight into the online document.
Another and effective web 2.0 tool is called Book Creator which is a learning tool that enables students to publish their narrative stories as an ebook. I’ve seen this app used in a Year 4 class and the students enjoyed seeing their stories transform into an ebook complete with illustrations and animated turning pages.