Adam Geisen - ET 506 - Lesson planning in the cloud


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The PowerPoint presentation that has been uploaded is the initial informational presentation at the beginning of my first segment of professional development. In this unit, learners will be exposed to online lesson planners and their potential for coordination, collaboration and organization as No Child Left Behind legislation requires us to hold to state and national standards. These online tools allow teachers to share information and keep students and parents up to date on what’s happening in the classroom. After this presentation (which is intended to last 25-35 minutes counting questions and in-depth explanation) participants will spend 20-30 minutes exploring each planning tool and using online resources to compare and evaluate. Participants will also be expected to contribute to the PD message board that has been set up for the experience (a link is included on the PowerPoint).

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Adam Geisen - ET 506 - Lesson planning in the cloud

  1. 1. Lesson Planning in the CloudLesson Planning in the Cloud Web 2.0 Professional Development © 2010 Adam Geisen. This material may be reproduced in whole or in part for educational purposes only provided that the author is credited
  2. 2. Online Lesson Planners Benefits: –Global Access –Intuitive Design –Standards –Sharability –Printability –Attach Files
  3. 3. Explore the Planners • Cost – Most have free trials but ultimately cost very little • costs $20 a year • costs $7.95 per year after the free first year • Google Calendar is free
  4. 4. Explore the Planners • Editing and Organization –Find out how to edit and organize lessons • Intuitive text-based formats? • Drag and Drop? • Views? –Month –Week –Day
  5. 5. Explore the Planners • Features –What are you looking for? • Sharability • State vs Core Standards • File Attachment • Easy Navigation
  6. 6. Program Highlights • – Word processor text editing – Associate lessons with Core Standards – Embed the planbook to a blog or website – Share the planbook with other teachers – Print or export to Word or PDF
  7. 7. Program Highlights • – Word processor text editing – Separate lesson plans and homework – Easily shared with parents and students – Easily re-use lessons from one year to the next – Printable
  8. 8. Program Highlights • Google Calendar – Word processor text editing – Can be embedded in blogs and websites – Fully customizable and allows attachments – Can be accessed from mobile devices – Con: Not education-focused
  9. 9. Using Google Calendar for lesson planning. (Sowash, 2010) Click here if video does not play
  10. 10. Being used as a class schedule in a teacher’s blog. Click here to visit. (Lane, 2010)
  11. 11. Now, it’s time to explore... • Create logins and passwords • Explore and research each tool • On the Professional Development message board, offer your favorite and least favorite aspects of each tool. • Begin to transfer your lessons to see if any will work for you.
  12. 12. References Lane, P. (2010). Lesson Plans [Mr. Lane’s Computer Applications/Web 2.0 blog]. Retrieved November 27, 2010, from Sowash, J. R. (2010, February 1). Using Google Calendar for lesson planning [Video file]. Retrieved from using-google-calendar-for-lesson.html