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Ed 451 Academic Essay

  1. 1. Valene Salas ED 451 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)
  2. 2. Valene Salas ED 451 February 19, 2010 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
  3. 3. Valene Salas ED 451 February 19, 2010 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. References ISTE. International Society for Technology in Education (2007) NETS for students 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2010, from NET*S Website: http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/2007Stan dards/NETS_for_Students_2007.htm B, Davis Schwarts Memorial Library .(2010). APA Citation Style Retrieved February 17, 2010 from Long Island University website: http://www.liunet.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citapa.htm