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Learner Description
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Structure of Learning
Best Use of Technology
Project Evaluation
Alignment with Standards

Subject: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

Grade Level: K-5


K-5 teachers will be active participants in creating lesson plans that interweave technology objectives with the teaching of core curricular areas. The participants will design, select, and construct technology-enriched lesson plans. The results will be an interactive site that contains a grid featuring teacher-selected web sites organized by grade level and subject. Engaged users will have the opportunity to publish critiques, suggest classroom applications and recommend additional web sites for the grid. Furthermore, learners will be given the opportunity to submit lesson plans to the Michigan Department of Education for publication on the "Best Practices in Technology:" CD.

Learner Description/Environment:

A group of K-5 teachers and media specialists, who represent a cross-section of technology interest and experience, will meet face-to-face at a summer workshop where they will be guided by technology experts in the discovery and critical analysis of web sites for classroom instruction. Participants will design and produce an instructor-friendly grid, organized by grade and core curricular area (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) to effectively integrate internet activities into instruction. Discovery, communication and site construction will be ongoing via e-mail, the internet and subsequent meetings.

Time Frame:

The project will not have a definite end point. The project will begin with a two-day summer workshop. The outcome of the workshop will be a product that will evolve over time as it is evaluated by its users. Subsequent meetings will take place throughout the following school year, as well as e-mail discussions that will influence the product's growth and change.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Participants will create lesson plans using the web as a critical tool for instruction.
  2. Participants will incorporate other hardware and/or software into their lessons.
  3. Participants will organize their results by designing a curriculum grid that is published on the internet.
  4. Participants will perform skillful web searches and evaluate web sites for their educational value.
  5. Participants will take responsibility for shaping the internet into a useful teaching tool.
  6. Partcipants will share their workshop experiences with colleagues.
  7. Participants will use the curriculum grid for daily instruction.

Structure of the Learning:


The opportunity to be published on the internet, as well as on the State of Michigan 'Best Practices in Technology' CD, will be the culminating activity for teachers who participate in a collaborative workshop. The participants will be guided in the selection of excellent internet resources and the construction of lesson plans incorporating their use. Participants and their colleagues will use the resulting web page to infuse technology into the current curriculum, and will contribute to the evolution and growth of the site.


Teachers of varying technological abilities will discuss good web design and search techniques. Discussion will be followed by discovery. Participants will evaluate and select worthwhile sites. Teachers will be guided in the creation of individual databases that contain their selections. The 'guides' will include District and County experts. Then, attendees will have the freedom to incorporate technology into lesson plans of their choosing. After testing their lesson plans for alignment with state and district benchmarks, they will participate in placing the lessons and sites as links on a curriculum grid, as well as submitting them for the above-mentioned CD. Teachers will be able to discuss the prototype grid design and build the instructor-friendly structure.


We will produce a curriculum grid, residing on the internet, that aligns our district's technology curriculum with the existing core curricular areas for each grade K-5. This organizational structure will be a resource for all of our K-5 staff, both technological experts and neophytes, who are all being challenged to infuse technology into instruction.

Best Use of Technology:

This project will entice teachers to use the existing hardware and software that resides in each classroom (one computer workstation with Netscape software and T1 lines) as an integral part of daily instruction. It will incite participants in the workshop to (1) become proficient users of the internet and thereby experts at the building, district and regional level; (2) employ a database as a tool for the collection and organization of information; (3) share educational ideas via their publication on the web to a global audience; and (4) it will increase the use of e-mail as a communication tool to link educational ideas on a districtwide level.


The content evaluation will include:

The process evaluation will include:

The product evaluation will include:

Project Evaluation:

We will review all assessment data and revise the project as needed. We will continue to do workshops to encourage the use and improvement of the GRID.

Alignment with Standards:

  1. This project connects the locally-developed curriculum in technology and all core curricular areas.
  2. Participants will write their lesson plans to meet local and state/national standards.

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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Rosemarie Simon (rosemarie.simon@farmington.k12.mi.us); Richard Strausz (richard.strausz@farmington.k12.mi.us)
School: Farmington Public Schools; Farmington, MI
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: April 25, 1999
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