Three Tips for Planning Tech-Rich Projects
At times, the idea of planning or reworking your existing units to include technology can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t need to take a large amount of time – even taking 10 minutes each week to rethink a unit that has been challenging – either you don’t like how it works, or your students consistently struggle with the content, or it’s just time to change something up – will help you open your mind to new possibilities, and teaching differently than you might have before. It’s easier to start with something that needs improving, rather than thinking of ways of revamping a well-liked lesson.
To help you get started, here are our top three tips for planning tech-rich projects:
Seek advice from others
As we spoke about in our blog, “Introducing the Connected Teacher,” using a personal learning network (PLN) can make the transition to being a connected teacher and creating a connected classroom less stressful. You can get examples of technology-rich projects that teachers in your state or grade are already using and adapt them to your style of teaching. You may also find it beneficial to ask questions to your network as how they got started, what has made their technology projects successful, or what types of projects they found difficult to implement.
Dedicate time each week
Dedicating time each week in your schedule to plan tech-rich projects builds a habit of thinking of ways to improve your units with technology. Take a look at the week’s upcoming units. Are there any lessons that typically do not go well. Can you think of a way to add in some tech to make the lesson more beneficial to your students? You don’t need to plan a different project each week, but thinking about ways you can improve a project or unit with technology, or ways to connect globally with another classroom for collaboration or feedback, will challenge you to create tech-rich projects that your students will benefit from.
To streamline your efforts, we’ve put together a resource for you “6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Tech Rich Units.” This printable infographic is a handy guide to keep with you as you plan your tech-rich units to help make creating tech-rich units simple.
Use a planning resource
Using a planning resource such as our Complete Guide to Designing Technology-Rich Units can help guide your planning process without taking a large amount of time. Rather than working technology into your already existing lessons, this planner lets you re-think lessons and take best practices from a selection of well-established unit planning models and embedded opportunities to develop and plan authentic and purposeful use of technology. This ensures that you’re creating an authentic and purposeful learning environment for your students, rather than just adding technology for the sake of adding technology to a project.
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