It is obvious that this lesson is well thought out. First, the lesson is easy to follow, and provides clear directions and details for the teacher. The lesson has clear objectives, an assessment to show the students’ understanding, and relatability between the students and their work. This lesson is also clear and easy to understand for the students since they already know how to use the technology, write summaries, and use digital recorders.
Next, the lesson incorporates technology students are familiar with to create a class project that they can relate to. The use of VoiceThread and digital recorders allow students to have a stronger connection to their work while they are learning the intended information. This aligns with three of the NETs for students (numbers 1, 2, and 5). Adding in the skit as a preparatory element further adds in technology that does not take away from the intended learning outcome. It enhances the lesson by providing an alternative to teacher lecture.
Pedagogical speaking, this lesson incorporates aspects of all three major learning styles: visual, auditory, and haptic (kinesthetic). Visual learners benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color and are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery. This lesson fulfils that need. Auditory learners’ needs are met because they acquire knowledge by reading aloud. Having students record themselves reading their summaries provides this for the auditory learners. Haptic learners learn best through illustrating their knowledge. Having the students illustrate their chapter summery provides the needed tactile environment for these types of learners. In addition to meeting the needs of the different types of learners, this lesson also incorporates past knowledge that the students have, and concludes with the full class discussion that analyzes any holes in their understanding and work.
I would like to make a suggestion of having students work in pairs to write two summeries. This would allow the students that do not feel comfortable showing their illustrations or poor writting in front of the class. If students work in pairs, this woould eliminate any feelings of inadaquacy.