HS.SI.1.3: Evaluate content for relevance to the assigned task.
HS.TT.1.1: Use appropriate technology tools and other resources to access information (multi-database search engines, online primary resources, virtual interviews with content experts).
HS.SI.1.1: Evaluate resources for reliability. (Reliability can be determined by currency, credibility, authority, etc. depending on the curriculum topic).
How Technology Enhanced my Unit:
Technology is used in my unit quite a bit. This unit ties together several concepts that the students have learned in other courses and I was able to find some amazing websites and games to enhance the unit. The students will work through the Smartboard lesson and also work in groups to learn concepts through games and other helpful websites. I also feel like Sandra will benefit greatly from the technology used in this unit. She will have the chance to research and use websites I provide to learn concepts better. I also think that the online games and activities will help her will her retention of the process and understanding of the concept. Technology is growing around us everyday and incorporating it into the classroom is something that needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. I think I have made good use of technology throughout this unit and hope that it will enhance the students learning and keep them interested and motivated.
Uses of Instructional Technology
Instructional technology is used several times throughout my unit. The students learn substitution through a fun and interactive Smartboard lesson, complete research assignments and have their learning enhanced by online games and other websites.
Examples of Instructional Technology include:
1. Multimedia Inquiry Lesson - Smartboard Lesson: Students will use technology throughout the whole lesson.
2. Cooperative Learning Lesson - Jigsaw Model: Students will work in groups and use websites and resources provided to learn about matrix operations.
3. Concept Attainment Lesson: Technology will used in numerous ways for this lesson. I will provide websites for discussions and the students will also do their own research to find other sites and resources that can help them tie the unit together and enhance their cumulative unit project.
4. Choice Lesson - Integrative Model: Lesson will be enhanced by websites and online activities that the students will complete.
I used technology in my unit in a variety of ways. The students complete research and interactive activities to help enhance their understanding of concepts. I also was able to accommodate for Sandra easily, since she works well on computers. I allow her to be a researcher and to talk about her findings and steps of a process. I think that these uses of technology are the most useful and effective to use with this particular unit.