Design Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments, Part 3: Planning for Technology Integration

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
- George Bernard Shaw

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Thinking Together:

  • Think about how you identified learning activity types for your three planning sheets
    • How did you choose?
      • Resources available
      • Number of students - group work
      • Time
      • Variety in the lesson, across lessons
      • Pedagogy (e.g. 5 E's)
      • Amount of structure required
      • Student characteristics (need for structure, IEP's, gender, transition time, bouncing around, ability/inclination to do work outside class, preferences)
      • Appropriateness in terms of content
      • Flow
    • What other ways might we consider?
      • Curriculum - pacing, scope and sequence
      • School culture
  • Think about how you identified what (if any) technologies you would incorporate into the lesson?
    • How did you choose? (in addition to above)
      • should the activity be hands-on?
      • new technologies to be exposed to new things
      • familiar technologies if time is a factor
    • What other ways might we consider?
  • Make sure you identified learning activity options as activity types
    • emphasizes student actions
    • helps to ensure variety

Small Group Discussion:

  1. Assemble into groups based on content areas:
    1. Nathan, Sasha, & John
    2. Greg, Drew, & Melissa
    3. Charlie & Matt
    4. Erin F. & Laura R.
    5. Hannah, Brooks, & Laura J.
    6. Amanda K., Catherine & Erin W.
    7. Jessica & Emily
    8. Katlin & Molly
  2. Each member should share one planning sheet and discuss selections (activity types and technologies), noting rationale and how you arrived at the particular choices. Group members should then help think through possible alternatives, noting rationale.
  3. After each member has worked through one planning sheet, a new round should begin so that each group member is able to talk through all three planning sheets with the group.
  4. Each group member should select the most promising combination of learning activities and technologies that reflect an effective effort to integrate technology into their teaching.


  • Lesson development

Looking Ahead:

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