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Learning With Technology Course Resources

The following resources from the Learning with Technology course are available as downloadable PDF files. To view and print these PDF files you will need Acrobat reader software which is available free from Adobe.

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These resources are integral parts of the LWT course. They prove to be most useful when incorporated strategically in the design of professional development programs that focus on student learning. These materials may be reproduced without alteration for non-commercial, educational purposes. For more information about the use of these materials or the Learning With Technology course, please call 1-800-356-2735.

Descriptions of each document and the option to download it below.

  1. Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Technologies Tool
  2. Constructive Friends Feedback Form
  3. Engaged and Worthwhile Learning Activity
  4. Engaged and Worthwhile Learning Essay
  5. Examples of Technology Use Tool
  6. Group Process Techniques
  7. Guide for Evaluating Software
  8. Journal Template
  9. Learning Actions - Engaged Learning Tool
  10. NCREL Professional Development Model
  11. Print Scenario: Project-Based Science
  12. Resources for Facilitators
  13. NCRTEC Lesson Planner

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Technologies Tool

The purpose of this resource (divided into two charts) is to help you choose appropriate technologies. It identifies some key advantages and disadvantages of specific technologies. You might add your own ideas as you try new technologies or even as you use familiar technology and materials.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 45K)

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Constructive Friends Feedback Form

This form consists of five questions that can be answered by colleagues. It is intended to guide conversations about lessons and units, to help teachers articulate their actions, and to reflect on teaching and learning.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 30K)

HTML version of the document

Engaged and Worthwhile Learning Activity

This activity is intended to activate educators' prior knowledge about and experiences engaged learning. They recall, describe, and discuss with each other especially meaningful learning experiences (in or out of school). The discussion is led based on the indicators of engaged learning as described in the Engaged Learning essay.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 20K)

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Engaged and Worthwhile Learning Essay

This essay provides a description of engaged and worthwhile learning. It explains the characteristics of engaged learning in terms of Learning Actions, Student Roles, Teacher Roles, and Learning Tasks and Activities.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 165K)

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Examples of Technology Use Tool

This tool provides examples of both familiar and new or extended technologies for learning actions. The document also contains engaged learning questions for each action. Thus, this tool overlaps somewhat the Learning Actions - Engaged Learning chart, although it is organized differently. Note: Our examples are not an exhaustive list of the ways to use either familiar or new and extended technology.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 45K)

HTML version of the document

Group Process Techniques

The group process techniques are suggestions for supporting the facilitation of professional development activities. These tips and tools support the model of professional development devised by NCREL, which is based on the philosophy of shared learning, not on an expert-driven model of delivery. The group process techniques help participants set a purpose for their professional development activity, generate ideas for action, generate questions regarding a topic, respond to a colleague's questions, articulate ideas based on reflection, set priorities and reach agreement, and evaluate one's learning.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 30K)

HTML version of the document

Guide for Evaluating Software

This is a two- page checklist that helps teachers select and purchase software for their students. It consists of a comprehensive list of considerations that will aid teachers in assessing appropriate educational software.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 15K)

HTML version of the document

Journal Template

Reflection is an essential component of any professional development model. It is one of the dimensions described in NCREL's model, giving teachers the opportunity to analyze their instructional practices on the basis of new knowledge. The journal template is one means of encouraging reflection on the part of educators, as it offers prompts to facilitate this process.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 15K)

HTML version of the document

Learning Actions - Engaged Learning Tool

This tool shows relationships between four categories of learning actions and indicators of engaged learning. The tool can be used in two ways. First, it can help you plan lessons that promote engaged learning. Second, it provides a way to evaluate existing lessons to determine how well they promote engaged and worthwhile learning.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 15K)

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NCREL Professional Development Model

The design of the Learning With Technology course is based on a model developed by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) that reflects research on adult learning and professional development. Professional growth is seen in terms of five dimensions that are develomental and cyclical:
1. Building a knowledge base
2. Observing models and cases
3. Reflecting on practice
4. Changing practice
5. Gaining and sharing experience

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 90K)

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Print Scenario: Project-Based Science

This scenario, based on actual classroom activities, demonstrates the effective use of technology in the context of worthwhile and meaningful learning. It shows ways that technology can enhance and extend a lesson in a situation where students are engaged in authentic tasks and where assessment informs further instruction. It is not a perfect example, as it may not demonstrate every aspect of engaged learning and high performance technology. But, it suggests how teachers can devise lessons and facilitate instruction that capitalizes on using technology as a tool for learning.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 30K)

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Resources for Facilitators

Engaged learning facilitators may wish to investigate some topics further. This list of resources for this purpose is grouped into the following topics: (a) coaching/mentoring, (b) change process, (c) curriculum design, (d) facilitation, (e) professional development, and (f) technology.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 15K)

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Unit Planning Framework

This is a three-page tool designed to guide teachers through the process of planning a unit which incorporates engaged learning principles and technology. The document serves as a template for recording unit components such as: goals, content, students' interests and conceptual difficulties, materials and resources, major learning activities, assessment, and management.

PDF version of the document. (Macintosh and Windows, an Adobe Acrobat file, 60K)

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