Integration of Instructional Technology
Topic of Lesson
Functions of the Brain
Description of Original Lesson
Students formed groups of 4-5 and were assigned one of three case studies. Using whiteboards, students brainstormed all the parts of the brain and their functions as they related to the case study. Students would report out to the larger group.
What I’d Like to Improve
Students completed this task on whiteboards, so there was no take-away for them to use when studying for the exam. Although they did have the three case studies, they would have had to take notes while others groups presented.
What I wanted was a take-away they could easily access and have multiple versions of the case studies.
Description of Revamped Lesson
SAMR Model for Technology Integration
In this lesson, technology augments the learning activities. Using a Google Drawing, students collaborated with each other as they label the different parts of the brain and how they apply to their assigned case study. Students also share their work online, using a Google Form and the results spreadsheet, so everyone in the class has resources to review (all responses are recorded on the teacher’s Google Site).
I was so excited with this lesson, that I scheduled my first evaluation for the same day. Students were engaged, working together and having fun. Some of them were experts with diagrams and added arrows and other items to help make their case study brain more readable. I think the best part was that they all (even those who were absent) have access to multiple versions of the case studies to help study for the Brain Exam, but I am also keeping the links on my Google Site for the entire year, so when it is time to review in April, they can still go back to the three different case studies as a review tool. I originally asked Melissa for an idea using technology (I thought just using Google Docs in a different way) and Melissa turned it into something way more amazing. Her creativity and ideas did not stop, once she started with the Google Drawing idea. I would have never known about this idea if it were not for working with Melissa.
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