II. Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences
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Teachers plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology. Teachers:
A. Design developmentally appropriate learning opportunities that apply technology-enhanced instructional strategies to support the diverse needs of learners. We have begun to use a lot more technology to enhance instruction here at PHS. That is a good thing! We need to take our students beyond simple PowerPoint presentations. We need to have students collaborating with each other and with sources outside of the school. They need to be creating original content, not just reporting on the information they have found.
B. Apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences. Research shows that students retain more when they are actively engaged! Using web 2.0 tools allow students to express themselves and make connections with each other while meeting our learning objectives. They love MySpace…texting with one another…looking at Youtube…could we use these in our learning environments and incorporate them in the daily learning experiences?
C. Identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability. New tools to use appear all the time. Most are free to use. Some resources are very expensive but there are grants that help offset the costs. Teachers in districts around us have been awarded fairly large sums of money to purchase technology resources.
D. Plan for the management of technology resources within the context of learning activities. We have several teachers who have managed to use some technology resources very well! We do not have to reinvent the wheel. Use these teachers and their examples to get you started.
E. Plan strategies to manage student learning in a technology-enhanced environment. Technology use is not an end in and of itself. There must be concrete performance objectives that are linked to real life skills. Careful planning can ensure that our students are not only engaged but learning and enhancing important life skills!