Design Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments, Part 2: Curriculum-Based Technology Integration

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it.
-- Soren Kierkegaard


  • Tech expert module feedback

Warm Up:

  • What have we learned about technology integration in exploring tools, resources, and the video cases?


  • The Activity Types Approach
    • Discussion of different content areas and broad categories of AT's
    • 5 step (recursive) sequence
      • 1.Identify student learning goals.
      • 2.Consider the classroom context and student learning styles and preferences.
      • 3.Select and sequence appropriate learning activity types to combine to form the learning experience.
      • 4.Select formative and summative assessment strategies.
      • 5.Select tools and resources that will help best students benefit from the learning experience.
    • Using the AT taxonomies to plan individual lessons
    • Using the AT taxonomies to plan units (block planning and connection with UDL)

Thinking Together:

  • Deconstructing and reconstructing some lessons
    • Public Service Announcement link
      • Other AT possibilities
    • The Cold War
      • Other AT possibilities
    • Natural Selection
      • Other AT possibilities
  • Debriefing
    • How might you select learning activity types for a particular lesson/project topic?
      • Time available
      • Student characteristics (active)
      • Focus of thinking relative to content topic
      • Variety (mix it up)
      • Engagement

Working on Your Own:

  • Revisit the 5 potential curriculum standards you identified for your lesson plan
  • Check VA SOL Enhanced Scope and Sequence to see how other teachers have addressed some of the concepts. You can also put the SOL number in a google search to see what you might come up with.
  • For each lesson you explore, try to identify the learning activity types (using the taxonomy as a guide) embedded in the lesson. Consider additional possibilities of learning activities.
  • After practicing some with existing lessons, begin to think about how you might approach three of the five curriculum standards. Complete a Planning Guide sheet for each of the three lessons.

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