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Instructional Activities Utilizing the KITE Case Library
  1. Lesson: Analysis of Technology Use in the Classroom
    Activity: Critical Thinking Paper

  2. Lesson: Case Study
    Activity: Analysis of Cases Matched to Standards

  3. Lesson: Application of Technology Use in the Classroom
    Activity: Technology Use Lesson Plan

  4. Lesson: Standards Use in the Classroom
    Activity: Discussion Board Participation

  5. Lesson: Comparison of Methods
    Activity: Case Study and Reflection Paper


Lesson:
Analysis of Technology Use in the Classroom
Activity:
Critical Thinking Paper
Choose a technology tool (such as the Internet, video camera, digital camera, calculator, etc) or a software tool (such as word processor, drawing software, spreadsheet, database, multimedia authoring package, presentation, Inspiration, etc.). Search the KITE case library for stories involving the use of this tool in the classroom. Find several cases that contain successful or unsuccessful uses of the tool. Write a paper describing the tool, its capabilities and purpose, the KITE cases that used the software and the outcomes of the cases. Write an analysis of the uses of the tool that includes lessons that the teachers learned and tips for success in using the tool. Conclude the paper by describing an activity that you would implement utilizing the technology tool, pointing out how you would learn from the teachers' stories in the KITE cases.

Alternate Activity: Choose a subject and grade and search the KITE database for examples of how teachers have integrated technology into their teaching. Write a paper describing the KITE case activities, the technologies used, and the outcome of the activities. Analyze the technology integration and describe the lessons that the teacher learned. Discuss how you would learn from the teachers' experiences and how the KITE cases would help you plan an integrated activity for the subject and grade that you have chosen.


Lesson:
Case Study
Activity:
Analysis of Cases Matched to Standards
Review at least ten cases from the KITE case library. Write a report that includes the following:
  • A brief description of each case.
  • An analysis for each case that lists the local or ISTE standards that are being met through the activity in the story. If the teacher does not mention any standards, are there any that you can tell are being met through the details in the story?
  • A suggestion for adaptations that can be made to the lesson for each case that would meet other local or ISTE standards.
Alternate Activity: The cases can be limited to certain contexts, which are determined by the instructional objectives of the course.

Lesson:
Application of Technology Use in the Classroom
Activity:
Technology Use Lesson Plan
Research the use of a technology tool or software tool in the KITE case library. Develop a student-centered lesson plan in which the students will use this tool. The lesson should contain the following:
  • A brief description of the KITE cases that were reviewed prior to planning the lesson.
  • A paragraph describing the benefit of using this tool over any other tool.
  • A description of the students including grade, prior knowledge and group size.
  • A description of the technology needed for the lesson. Include the number of items needed and location of technology.
  • An in-depth description of the activity planned including goals and objectives, student/teacher ratio, and time needed for activity.
  • A ssessment plan that evaluates the students' learning and technology use. Include any rubrics or other instruments.
  • A list of the standards (State or ISTE) which apply to this lesson and how this lesson will meet those standards.
  • An example product from the lesson.
  • At least a paragraph describing how the KITE case library assisted in your lesson planning. Include your reflections of your learning through the cases you reviewed.
Alternate Activity: Instead of focusing on the technology tool, select a subject of your choice. Research similar situations using the KITE case library. Develop a student-centered lesson plan in which you will teach your chosen subject while integrating technology.

Extension Activity: Use the lesson plan in a classroom setting with the assistance of a supervising teacher or other mentor. Write a reflective paper describing the activity and the students' learning and reaction to the activity. Analyze your lesson compared to the cases reviewed in the KITE case library. What would you change the next time? How did reading the cases help you prepare in ways that you otherwise would not have been able to accomplish? Was the experience a success? Why or why not?


Lesson:
Standards Use in the Classroom
Activity:
Discussion Board Participation
Participate in a discussion board comparing the methods of technology integration that are used in various cases in the KITE case library and how they meet (ISTE or local) standards. Some questions to get the discussion started include:
  • How do different teachers teach the same subject and/or grade while integrating technology?
  • Which cases seem to be more successful than others? Why do you think that they are successful?
  • What are other ways that you could integrate technology into your teaching?
  • How are standards used in planning lessons?
  • Do teachers explicitly discuss the standards in the KITE cases or are they implied?
  • Which (ISTE or local) standards are most often being met in the teaching situations in the KITE case library?
  • Compare the technology integration strategies between two similar contexts from the KITE case library.

Lesson:
Comparison of Methods
Activity:
Case Study and Reflection Paper
Given a detailed instructional context, write a reflection paper about how teachers use technology in the same or similar contexts. Some example situations include:
  • A math teacher is teaching ninth grade students about how to graph points.
  • A first grade teacher is teaching students about animals.
  • Elementary students are learning about the Presidents.
  • A teacher is designing learning activities for students with special needs.
  • A high school teacher does not have access to a lab, but would like to teach students about scientific concepts.
Include in the paper a description of the instructional context, the KITE cases that are similar and the lessons from the KITE cases. How are the teachers in these cases using methods that are similar? How are they using different methods? How would the experiences that you have read in the case library help you to plan for a similar context? What would you do the same? What would you do differently? Why?



 




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