February 19, 2010
The Ups and Downs of Lesson Planning
When I first learned how to create a lesson plan, I was very excited. Throughout
my methods courses, I have used two types of lesson planning methods and when I
found out that I had to use the ASSURE model I was a bit nervous. I not only had to
learn a new way of lesson planning but at the same time incorporating technology in my
lesson plan and using technology to showcase my lesson plan. To be honest, this
assignment was a bit stressful for me, especially putting it in a blog. However, I did
learn new things and especially how to use the assure model.
The NETS*T that I feel applies to the assignment on lesson planning is
Communication and Collaboration. I feel these standards applies to the lesson planning
assignment because we were able to discuss our student objectives in class with our
peers and we published our lesson plan on our blogs, which is way to communicate
information and ideas effectively to many audiences.
While doing this assignment, I learned a great deal of new things. First of all, I
learned how to use the ASSURE model. I thought using this new format would be
difficult, but in actuality this format makes lesson planning a bit simpler.
The second thing I have learned is how to use a blog. Part of the assignment
was to post our lesson plan on our blog. This helps us fulfill one requirement of the
NET*S Standards which is to communicate our information and ideas effectively to
multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats (ISTE, 2007)
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Finally, the last thing I have learned is how to integrate technology into a lesson
plan. In this assignment, we had to create a lesson plan that allows our students to
create a spreadsheet and charts using excel. I never really thought about integrating
other sources of technology into the classroom other than PowerPoint and music, so
this was a pretty interesting lesson.
To complete this assignment, I had to explore Excel a little more and figure out a
way to provide steps of how to create a chart in Excel to make it easier for me as a
future teacher and for other teachers to use as well. Another way I used my new
technology skills in completing this assignment is using other search engines such as
Dogpile and Ask to help me find a lesson. I also used the Wonder Wheel in Google and
this I found interesting to use, but I found myself digressing from the topic to just playing
around with the Wonder Wheel. Although using my new technology skills made the
assignment easy to complete, half way in to complete the assignment my new
technology skills was put to the test.
Creating a lesson plan integrating technology was fun and exciting for me, but
also very difficult. I really enjoyed using the blog, but it was probably the least thing I
liked using when completing this assignment. I believed I had to use not only some but
all of my technology skills to find a way to import my tables and charts into the blog.
However, though the blog was least of my favorites in this assignment, I found it to be
the most interesting part of the assignment because I have never blogged before. Other
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than the blog, I liked everything about the assignment. I enjoyed creating a lesson plan
using a new format and finding a way to integrate technology into the lesson.
Overall, I really found this assignment enjoyable. Although I ran into some
difficulties along the way, I believed I learned a lot. I would definitely consider integrating
more technology into my future lessons and in my classroom.
ISTE. International Society for Technology in Education (2007) NETS for
students 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2010, from NET*S Website:
B, Davis Schwarts Memorial Library .(2010). APA Citation Style
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