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CTAP 205 - Standards & Technology in the K-8 Classroom
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Overview

Teachers today are experiencing a wave of classroom reform so complex that to stop for a moment to comprehend the shift sometimes feels like being swept away in the sea of change. It's not always possible to simultaneously deal with parts of an old system while at the same time addressing the new changes. The good news is that current changes, including those emerging through standards-based reforms, are bringing positive rewards to students and teachers. Content standards are helping teachers establish a clear instructional plan for ALL students by identifying learning outcomes and guiding decisions about assessing student progress.

Technology is a key component in standards-based education. Teachers are able to design and provide instruction that allows students to engage in learning in ways that may be more suited to their style than lectures, textbooks and other traditional modes of instruction. As teachers look for ways to make classroom activities relevant to the real world for their students, technology is making these possibilities a reality in many classrooms. It isn't technology itself that makes the difference, but how it is used. When used as an educational tool rather than a classroom toy, research suggests that technology tools can inspire projects that increase enthusiasm for learning, as well as teach students teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking.

This course will introduce you to the process of developing or revising a standards-based lesson for grades K-8. Viewed in the context of a larger unit taking place over a number of days, the single lesson you revise or create in this course will likely take place over one or two days or class periods. Each of the lessons in this course could, and perhaps should, be an entire course unto itself. In this course, you will be introduced to the process of designing and planning a lesson integrating the key elements of content standards, learning objectives, activities, technology resources and assessments. After completing this course, instead of finding yourself on Sunday night preparing the coming week's lessons from Monday to Friday, you will look at Friday first (or even farther ahead) and plan your lessons with the end target and goals for student learning in mind.

You are encouraged to move through the course as it is presented, though you can make your own judgement about moving through as appropriate to your own learning needs. When you have completed this course, you will have a useful lesson for your classroom and a clear understanding of what is involved in creating or modifying a lesson for standards-based instruction.



Objectives

In this course, you will create or modify a lesson plan that is aligned to California State Academic Content Standards and makes effective use of technology. At the completion of Teaching, Standards and Technology (K-8), participants will:

  1. Identify California content standards that support student learning in their grade level/subject area.
  2. Create or modify a classroom lesson that supports the development of skills for students to meet objectives that help them achieve the California Academic Content Standards.
  3. Identify appropriate technology to support the lesson and enhance student learning.
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  1. Elements of Effective Classroom Instruction
    Activities:
    1. Explore student-centered classrooms where teachers and students use technology to support teaching and learning.
    2. Review a variety of online lessons to identify the basic elements of a well-designed lesson
    3. Review the lesson plan template that you will use for this course.

  2. Content Standards to Support Student Learning
    Activities:
    1. Locate California Academic Content Standards online for your grade level and subject area.
    2. Place the appropriate California Academic Content Standards in the lesson plan template

  3. Developing Instructional Objectives
    Activities:
    1. Write instructional objectives for the standard(s) selected.
    2. Place the appropriate instructional objectives in the lesson plan template

  4. Assessment of Student Learning
    Activities:
    1. Identify assessment resources on the Internet
    2. Design the assessment for your lesson.
    3. Place the description of the assessment in the lesson plan template.

  5. Integrating Technology into Your Teaching and Learning Activities
    Activities:
    1. Identify teacher and student activities, including those that use technology.
    2. Identify the resources, technology and otherwise that will enable you or your students to complete this lesson.
    3. Place the activities and the resources in the lesson plan template.

  6. Putting It All Together
    Activities:
    1. Review and refine your lesson plan.
    2. Post your lesson plan in the Document Sharing Library.
    3. Post a message in the CTAP 205 Forum.

How to Take this Course

In CTAP 205, Standards & Technology in the K-8 Classroom, teachers create or modify a lesson plan that is aligned to California State Academic Content Standards and integrates technology for effective classroom instruction. At the completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify California content standards that support student learning in their grade level/subject area.
  2. Create or modify a classroom lesson that supports the development of skills for students to meet objectives that help them achieve the California Academic Content Standards.
  3. Identify appropriate technology resources to support the lesson and enhance student learning.

This course has been designed as a 15-hour online teacher development course that includes viewing online video clips and resources, communicating online with other teachers, and lesson development. Completion of this course is determined by the successful submission of a standards-based lesson plan to the Document Sharing Course Tools Page.

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Course Duration
This course will take you approximately 15 hours to complete.



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