Design Digital Age Learning Experiences: Connecting Content, Pedagogy, and Technology

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand… what he learns and the way he understands it.
-- Soren Kierkegaard


  • Class on March 30th



  • What have we learned about technology integration in this the virtual field trip and tech expert module exercises?
    • Technology can naturally "fit" with a lesson/activity
    • Can help with abstract concepts
    • Importance of planning ahead (i.e. structure, plan b, goals, etc.)
    • Importance of connecting tech use with curriculum
    • Is it worth it? (in terms of time/effort, engagement, etc.)


  • How do teachers plan for technology integration (and instruction for that matter)?
    • Teacher's comfort level with content
    • Students' comfort level with content
    • Focus of the learning goal (e.g. people's lives = re-enactment)
    • Resources available
    • Student engagement
    • Appropriateness of materials (i.e. reading level of text, etc.)
    • Type of learning you want to encourage (e.g. inquiry, direct instruction, etc.)

Thinking Together:

  • Deconstructing and reconstructing some lessons
    • 13 Colonies
      • Other possibilities of AT - video, presentation, images
    • Who Stole the Water?
      • Other possibilities of AT - animation, read text, presentation (e.g. Kidspiration)
  • Debriefing
    • Think in terms of:
      • Learning goal(s)
      • Kinds of learning experiences you want to provide (e.g. inquiry)
      • Activities that support the goal and experiences