A. Efficiency - 6
B. Functionality - 3.2
C. Design - 6.8
Need a lesson plan idea? We can help!
Summary : Need lesson ideas? If so, this app is for you!
Teaching with Technology provides detailed lesson plans and instructional ideas for teachers when they are planning different lessons and activities for their students. When the app is opened, it presents multiple lesson plan titles users can select. Lesson plans include subjects from across the curriculum, and there are lesson plans for elementary-age through college-age students. When a specific lesson plan is selected, it presents users with three videos to view and includes other documents. The videos include a “preview” video in which the teacher who designed and will teach the lesson is interviewed. The interview offers background information about the teacher, the students who will engage the lesson, and information about the lesson itself. The “lesson” video shows the actual lesson as it happens in the classroom, and the “post” video includes the teacher’s reflections about the lesson. Additionally, the other documents include class documents tabs in which users can click to view copies of the lesson plan, student work, student handouts, guiding questions used to frame the lesson, a transcript of the lesson when it was taught, and a context of the school and class where the lesson was conducted.
- Teachers can use this app to brainstorm instructional ideas for their students. Although teachers may be challenged to find the exact lesson plan they want, they will likely be able to gleam ideas from other lesson plans that they can use as part of an original lesson they design.
- Teachers can view the “Pre” and “Post” interview videos to help them conceptualize the types of thinking that went into designing, implementing, and reflecting on the effectiveness of these lesson plans. Then, as teachers plan and reflect, they can use the videos as guides for their own planning and reflective processes.
- Teacher educators and/or mentor teachers (teachers hosting pre-service teachers who are completing a student-teaching experience) can use this app as a guide for developing pre-service teachers’ lesson-planning skills. To do so, the pre-service teachers will need to identify a lesson from their subject area and view the videos and review the lesson plan and lesson materials documents. Next, the pre-service teachers and their teacher educator or mentor teacher then discuss what they liked or did not like about the video and how they would modify the instruction or course documents to meet the needs of their classroom and students.
|B2. Collaboration & Communication|
|B3. Ability to Save Progress|
|B5. Platform Integration|
|C2. Ease of Use|
|C5. Screen Design|
|C6. Information Presentation|
|C7. Media Integration|
|C8. Free of Distractors|