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Plan High-Quality Lessons with Integrated Technology

september 22, 2015

Classrooms are transitioning quickly to digital learning environments. Teachers spend hours scouring the web to locate digital resources to use within their lessons. And with the integration of technology, student engagement no doubt increases.

However, the key to a high-quality lesson is not simply adding technology. It’s about what the technology adds to the delivery and overall understanding of the content. This is the notion of being a content curator.

Integrating technology still requires the lesson plan to follow best practices. This means it should include introduction, instruction, interaction, assessment, and extension components. Within the table below, you will find a variety of sites and resources tied to each lesson-plan component. (Scroll down below the table to find a video that describes the different sites and apps and how they work.)

Lesson Plan Components

INTRODUCTION: Engage and excite the learner with a lesson hook. Help students understand the focus of the lesson and/or connect new content to known content. This may include sharing a video clip, digital image, or a parody of a popular song rewritten about a standard. The sites below provide a wealth of potential content.

INSTRUCTION: This is the I-do portion of the gradual release model. The teacher should provide direct and explicit instruction and model thinking/activities. The following sites provide powerful digital curriculum that include relevant text, images, videos, links and/or directions for various concepts of study.

INTERACTION/ACTIVITY: A portion of the lesson must include students interacting and engaging with the content. They cannot just read or watch the teacher. This is the student-centered We-do portion of the lesson. Include at least one of the following types:

  • Student-Student Interaction–Students can collaborate on projects, in discussions, etc. using Today’s Meet, Google Docs, and Tri-ceder.
  • Student-Teacher Interaction–The teacher can provide quality feedback to students using Google: Docs, Forms, or LMS: Canvas, Edmodo.
  • Student-Content Interaction–Students engage with the content and/or resources using EdPuzzle or QR Codes.

ASSESSMENT: Evaluate the learner and drive future instruction with formative and/or summative assessments. This component can include a variety of options, depending on the devices available in your classroom.

EXTENSIONS: Provide support for both struggling and advanced learners. Look within the sites that were mentioned within the Introduction and Instruction components for additional resources to utilize.

Ready to get started? Utilize this High-Quality Digital Lesson Plan template created with testeach. Simply drag and drop digital resources into the headings. (If you are in a lab, cart, or 1:1 setting, consider creating high-quality digital lessons in NearPod or ClassKick.)​

For more technology tools and resources, follow Nadine Gilkison, District Technology Integration Specialist K-12 Franklin Township Schools, on www.fttechtips.com or @nadinegilkison on Twitter.

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