Technology-Integrated Lesson Plan

Description and overview:

The thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning is challenging. Effective technology integration supports learning curricular content and concepts in ways that connect well with the chosen pedagogical approach and provides a relative advantage over other ways to approach the lesson. The learning goals should be focused on the curriculum; not on the technology. This is a tall order, but this approach to using technology pays significant dividends and makes the extra time and effort "worth it."

My colleague here at William & Mary, Judi Harris, and I have developed a planning approach for technology integration that we'd like to share with you. We call it a "grounded" approach in that the integration of technology is grounded in the curriculum, students learning needs and preferences, the context of your classroom, and is focused upon content-based learning activities. We call this the Learning Activity Types approach to technology integration. You can read more about this approach here.

To develop your thinking for technology integration, we think it involves both sustained individual thinking and planning as well as sharing ideas and suggestions with your colleagues. To this end, we have created a Mightybell Experience that will enable you to work through the process individually while allowing you to connect with and support other students on the same "journey." This experience will begin on the week of November 12th. By November 20 (Tuesday class) or 28 (Wednesday class) you should complete a fully developed draft of your lesson to share with others for comments and feedback. Your completed lesson is due in class on either November 27 (Tuesday class) or December 5 (Wednesday class).

What you will create:

  1. Your lesson plan should be developed in the format required by your methods instructorinformed by the AT planning approach. Please note that in whatever format you write up the lesson plan, you will need to specify (in bold text) the learning activity types you include in the plan, the technologies/resources (both digital and non-digital) you will use in the plan (in bold text), and a "plan b" for what you might do if the digital technologies in the plan would fail.
  2. In addition to this lesson plan, you will create an accompanying technology product. If you as the teacher will use the technology, you should create what you might present to the students. If the students will be using the technology, you should create a sample of what the students might do or create. The technology product should be complete and demonstrate mastery of the particular tool or resource you are employing. If you have questions about what would be appropriate to turn in for this portion of the assignment, please consult with Dr. Hofer.
  3. The final component of the lesson plan is a reflection. This reflection will be comprised of six parts:
    1. How do you address one or more UDL principles in the lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners?
    2. How do you see the use of technology connecting with the content focus?
    3. How do you see the use of technology connecting with the pedagogical approach you’ve selected?
    4. How do the content, pedagogy and technology all “fit” together in the lesson?
    5. What is the relative advantage of the technology(ies) used in the lesson?
    6. What was your overall experience like designing this lesson using the Learning Activity Types approach to technology integration planning? In other words, how, if at all, did this process help you to zero in on appropriate and effective technologies to approach the lesson?
  4. The lesson plan document, technology sample, and reflection should be posted in the appropriate Edmodo group where they may be accessed by the rest of the class and our VSTE teacher mentors.