What has been your most successful lesson where you have integrated technology so far? What made it successful? How would you modify it for the next time you use it?What are some other ways you are planning on integrating technology this ye
My most successful lesson so far where I have integrated technology would either have to be the independent novel lesson or my Pre-Writing lesson. In the independent novel lesson, my 3rd hour class would learn a concept about setting, character, theme, or plot in class. We would practice using stories we read together. Then they would demonstrate their learning on their novel through discussion threads on the class wiki. I really loved reading their responses, to each other and watching them take their learning to a new level. By having a wider audience they were able to learn more about their own thinking process, and it showed up in their responses as the trimester progressed. The Pre-writing lesson was excellent because it allowed me to model in front of the kids, using my SMARTBOARD. We were able to make changes, move parts, show how one step connects to the next step.
What I would change for next year with the use of the wiki, is that I would implement it in all my classes, because having a larger audience really helped guide their thinking and writing. I may still try this for our T3 novel. The pre-writing lesson, worked really well and I don't think I would change it, because I continued to tweek it as I went, so that by my last hour it worked really well.
Some ways that I am implementing technology yet this year is that all students will become familiar with using databases for research, I am introducing at least one more class to using a wiki, and in my 3rd hour class they will be podcasting.