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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Moses Digital Storybook

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Liz Klein (Teacher (K-12)), Feb 29, 2012
Comment:

The lesson plan was very easy to follow. As a teacher, it was clear what was expected in the lesson. From a technological perspective, there is a good use of technology used that enhances the lesson. I believe this provides motivation for students to learn and complete the assignment and allows the students to complete the objective of the lesson effectively. I especially like the voice thread because students love hearing their own voices and it is used very effectively in this lesson.

From a pedagogical perspective, I believe this lesson satisfies many learning types. This lesson allows students to show their understanding of the content they read both visually and audibly. This lesson also provides for collaboration because students are able to share their knowledge with each other using their digital storyboards to create one finished project. Also, by having the students bring their stories together holds all the students accountable for completing the activity because of the fear of letting down their peers. This lesson also provides for differentiated instruction. Especially for students who have trouble with reading comprehension or fluency, the voice thread allows these students to overcome this learning barrier. My suggestion from this perspective is the need for more accommodations. This lesson seems like it caters toward higher level thinkers. Being a 6th grade teacher, I know that some of my lower achieving students would have trouble completing a lesson like this. Therefore, I would provide more support like possibly making this activity a partner activity to provide for more collaboration or support from peers, or for the teacher to show an example of what a good storyboard summary looks like for reference.

Finally, from a content perspective, there is a clear objective, assessment, and motivation to guide students in this lesson. I especially like the incorporation of the skit; it was a great anticipatory set for the lesson. Additionally, this lesson gives students a variety of tasks to cater toward many different strengths a learner might have.

Technical Remarks:

No revisions I feel are needed. Some reference support would be helpful to include for teachers who are not familiar with the technology provided in the lesson including voicethreads and digital storyboards.

Time spent reviewing site: 25mins