Instructional Design

Using Schoology, an online LMS (Learning Management System), I will create a blended learning environment for my 4th grade students.  I have never used an LMS before so this will be interesting as I navigate the system as well as design a blended course.  Using the 3 Column Table and Understanding by Design plan templates, I have gathered my goals, results, and potential learning activities.

Learning Goals

Students will understand that…

  • PowerPoint is an effective program used for presentations for a number of different audiences.
  • The Internet is a powerful tool to find enormous amounts of a variety of information types.
  • Copyright law and the Fair Use guidelines must be used when acquiring information.

Desired Results

  • The main goal of the unit is for students to use innovation and creative thinking to develop digital products.
  • To achieve this goal, these state standards (TEKS) will be met:
    1. Creativity and innovation. The student uses creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge and develop digital products. The student is expected to:
      • create original products using a variety of resources;
    2. Communication and collaboration. The student collaborates and communicates both locally and globally using digital tools and resources to reinforce and promote learning. The student is expected to:
      • draft, edit, and publish products in different media individually and collaboratively;
      • use font attributes, color, white space, and graphics to ensure that products are appropriate for multiple communication media, including monitor display, web, and print;
      • evaluate the product for relevance to the assignment or task; and
      • perform basic software application functions, including opening applications and creating, modifying, printing, and saving files.
    3. Research and information fluency. The student acquires and evaluates digital content. The student is expected to:
      • use various search strategies such as keyword(s); the Boolean identifiers and, or, and not; and other strategies appropriate to specific search engines;
      • collect and organize information from a variety of formats, including text, audio, video, and graphics;
      • validate and evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of information; and
      • acquire information appropriate to specific tasks.
    4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student researches and evaluates projects using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:
      • collect, analyze, and represent data to solve problems using tools such as word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphic organizers, charts, multimedia, simulations, models, and programming languages;
    5. Digital citizenship. The student practices safe, responsible, legal, and ethical behavior while using digital tools and resources. The student is expected to:
      • abide by copyright law and the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia;
    6. Technology operations and concepts. The student demonstrates knowledge and appropriate use of technology systems, concepts, and operations. The student is expected to:
      • manipulate files using appropriate naming conventions; file management, including folder structures and tagging; and file conversions;

Outline/Learning Activities

  • Students will use the Internet to find and summarize information about a topic of their choice. Choice must be approved by the teacher.
  • Students will use a checklist to write down the information source.
  • Students will use the Internet to find and save images for their presentation.
  • Students will use a checklist to write down the image source.
  • Students will watch a short demonstration video on PowerPoint.
  • Students will open PowerPoint on their computers and show understanding by performing simple tasks as a group.
  • Students will create a 6 slide PowerPoint presentation by using the information and images they collected in weeks 1 & 2.
  • Students will name and save their presentation to the computer desktop.
  • Students will add slide transitions and animations to pictures and text boxes.
  • Students will save changes to file on their computer desktop.
  • Students will transfer their presentation to their OneDrive to be shared with the teacher.
  • Students will be grouped by threes and present their PowerPoint to their 2 peers.

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