CAT | Effective Instruction
In my teacher training, I am not sure that anyone ever specifically taught me how to design the presentations I used in my lessons. In fact, I am sure of it. I realize now that there were so many ways to improve the design of what I was doing. When I review old units for use, I often find myself shaking my head at the design structure of the lessons and assignments that I created. I came across a great article by Karla Gutierrez on SHIFT’s eLearning Blog on some key design principles, and although, the author focuses on eLearning, I think that it can be translated across all types of teaching.
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I have been thinking a lot lately about all the things that I need to check for as I am planning a lesson. There is a lot to check for! Here is an infographic that can be used as a tool for checking for best practices in lessons. It is not a comprehensive list though as things like presentation design and technology incorporation are not explicitly stated here but implied through things like “engagement.”
Google continues to branch out and take over the world (not necessarily a bad thing), but in this instance it is downright useful for teachers. They have created Google Education. This is a tool that has pre-made lessons(for students) and trainings (for teachers) about Search Literacy. Many teachers only know about a small portion of the functions available in a Google Search, so in educating ourselves we can educate the kids.
Just another hole filled by Google!
I have recently discovered The Rapid E-Learning Blog. There is a lot of great tips, tricks, and good information there to explore. Something that caught my attention today was the concept of “The Learning Ecosystem.” When reading the article 3 Things to Consider when Building Your E-Learning Courses, the author, Tom Khulmann, began to talk about this concept of bringing our learning into our existence and what that looks like. He coined a great phrase. Check out his graphic that displays this concept. I recommend the article.