Designing Technology-based Learning Units


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Integrating technology and unit develop will encourage a curriculum that is both challenging and meaningful for students. This process also will create a coherent, workable framework for teacher instruction. In order to integrate technology into the curriculum, the school must follow six essential steps: selecting content standards, establishing purpose, developing learning tasks, defining methods of assessment, identifying technology tools and applying technology integration. The final step in the process is to submit all technology- based learning units to the steering committee. These units will be made available to teachers in all subject areas once the technology equipment is installed.

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Designing Technology-based Learning Units

  1. 1. TECHNOLOGY Instructional Unit Development The Digital Sandbox
  2. 2. Unit Development <ul><ul><li>Reinventing Educational Applications as the Role of Instructional Design </li></ul></ul>Teachers must be provided models for the design of integrated, multi-level activities if telecommuting tools are to be used meaningfully in K-12 curriculum.
  3. 3. The Unit Developer <ul><ul><li>Should use the school’s current curriculum frameworks as benchmarks for achievement at specific grade levels. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should identify ways to incorporate technology so that the school will achieve both state and national standards. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The units the teachers develop will be evidence of what happens when technology steps Into the CLASSROOM Out of the COMPUTER LAB and The Unit Developer
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>In order to integrate technology into the curriculum, the school must follow six essential steps: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Selecting Content Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Establishing Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Developing Learning Tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Defining Methods of Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5. Identifying Technology Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6. Applying Technology Integration </li></ul></ul></ul>The Unit Developer
  6. 6. Selecting Content Standards Establishing Purpose Defining Methods of Assessment Developing Learning Tasks Integrating Hyper-Linking Technology Identifying Technology Tools Unit Development Model
  7. 7. Selecting Content Standards <ul><ul><li>A content standard is the ability or skill that a student demonstrates, usually in a variety of ways. </li></ul></ul>Using the content standard component, the unit developer should outline the desired content, or proficiencies, in selected subject areas.
  8. 8. Rules for Selecting Content <ul><ul><li>The Unit Developers must select specific content standards or expectations for student performance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The presenters recommend that unit developers choose content standards that are required by the state and/or district. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Unit Example <ul><ul><li>In this Language Arts Unit, the activity will require students to be proficient in the use of technology. They will: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate Understanding of Various Cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw Conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce An Original Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply Concepts for Effective Writing </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Choose A Subject Language Arts Math Social Science P.E. Arts Others Choosing Proficiencies: What content standards does this unit address? CHOOSE A UNIT TITLE: “ Black History Month” List all content standards below that this unit will address: Use aspects of technology to produce an original work. Incorporate multimedia into student presentations. Choose multimedia most appropriate for specific purpose. Draw Conclusions and make generalizations based on research findings. Explain the purpose of the research. Defend a conclusion based on the research findings. Demonstrate an understanding of value systems from cultures reflected in literature. Compare/contrast daily experiences, customs and beliefs of diverse cultures. Defend a conclusion based on the research findings .
  11. 11. Establishing Purpose <ul><ul><li>Students need to know the rationale for learning, and teachers should take the time to explain it. </li></ul></ul>The purpose for providing rationale on the Technology-Based Unit Learning Planner is to help the developers justify the purpose of the unit.
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>If the purpose for the unit lacks relevance or real-life application, this step in the process will reveal these gaps. </li></ul></ul>Rules For Establishing Purpose
  13. 13. Define your instructional purpose in terms of relevance to real life application. The purpose of this unit is to require students to write news releases, a skill that will probably be needed in their professional lives. The unit will require students to work cooperatively and to evaluate their own and each other’s work. In order to write a news release, they will have to gather pertinent information from various Internet sources, compile the information, and communicate it using proper conventions of the English language. Through these units, students will explore influential African Americans and their contributions to history. Students will use resources provided through various web links designed by the instructor for conducting their research. The unit will feature a writing webpage for students to submit their work online.
  14. 14. Developing Learning Task <ul><ul><li>A good task is authentic and requires students to perform in a real-life context. </li></ul></ul>It can be multidimensional and require not only cognitive skills but also interpersonal skills and abilities. The task will not elicit quality work if it requires knowledge and skills that the students do not have.
  15. 15. Rules For Developing Learning Task <ul><ul><li>The Unit Developer should identify the learning domains that will be assigned to tasks within the unit. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It should include information about the levels of learning by identifying learning activity domains that will support the unit. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These domains are virtual resources on how technology will be used in the unit to support the activity. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Identify Learning Activity Conceptual Learning Problem Solving Object & Document Analysis Data Gather & Synthesis Case Studies Virtual Labs & Field Trips Presentations Collaborative Learning Authentic Inquiry Identify the learning task that the students will experience. The 5 Ws of News Reporting Who, What, When, Where & Why The Components of an Expository Paragraph The Conventions of Properly Written English The Writing Process Cooperative Learning Strategies Evaluating and Proofing Techniques At the end of the unit, students will work in small groups to write a news article, which will report their findings about an influential African American leader
  17. 17. Defining Methods of Assessment <ul><ul><li>The decision on how content standards will be measured will determine the overall development of the assessment strategy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing Samples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Rules for Defining Methods of Assessment <ul><ul><li>The unit developer should remember that assessment is only as good as the teacher’s understanding of the purpose of the task. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The teacher must understand why it is an effective assessment of the standards of learning. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Identify Methods of Assessment Writing Rubric Portfolio Observation Identify the performance assessment content standards that are measured . 1. The ability to explain a process in writing 2. The ability to compose a news release in an expository writing mode 3. The ability to work cooperatively to perform a task
  20. 20. TECHNOLOGY Instructional Unit Development The Digital Sandbox