As the semester unfolds and I continue to ride the tech wave into a digital future, I will use state curriculum standards to serve as the focus for a unit plan, fully incorporating technology. To widen my experience with grade level and curriculum content, I have chosen to develop lesson plans and activities based around the following standard:
VS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by
- identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with Great Britain, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence;
While trying to navigate my way through building a unit plan integrated with technology, I will also aim to structure the lessons and activities around the 4C’s (for those of you not familiar with this educational buzzword, the 4C’s are: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity). By teaching and developing the 4C’s in our students, educators can help shape their students into well-rounded, tolerant, problem-solving, innovators of tomorrow’s future. Similar to the DYN program I highlighted in my previous blog post, I plan for students to have an authentic experience with technology by making decisions and personally interacting in the digital world, making it necessary for students to evaluate and draw meaningful conclusions. In accordance with the standard of focus, and other state standards, students will be asked to interpret events in history and form opinions surrounding a central, thematic question, promoting critical thinking skills. While developing as critical thinkers, students will have the opportunity to form collaborative groups to share and discuss individual ideas and how they may relate to the overall theme of the unit. Similar to the group that declared America’s Independence from Great Britain, students will work together to pen their own ‘Declaration’ of sorts. With the help of technology, students will be able to communicate their ideas and receive feedback and guidance from adult experts. They will use a variety of digital means to communicate the reasons behind the American Revolution to the world, simultaneously expressing a connection from past to present, and what implications that may have in the digital future. The lessons and activities will challenge students to take a creative approach, perhaps entertaining even the wildest of ideas, as John Larmer suggests. By allowing students to create digital content in the classroom, with guidelines, we promote ownership and empowerment in every individual student. Via the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, my integrated technology unit plan will involve engaging and empowering lessons and activities that promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.