So many in the field of technology and education strive to be on the cutting edge. I hope that as you explore my lesson plan, your mind is taken to somewhere within the realm of innovation. I currently train student employees to support synchronous classroom broadcasts between multiple locations. Essentially there is an instructor at one location with students, and another group of students connecting from a separate location. Our goal is to utilize systems of microphones, cameras and computers to unify the spaces. The complicated nature of training support personal within this environment will benefit from my 21st Century Lesson Plan. Within my lesson students will participate in an interactive Kahoot! Quiz Game and collaborate with Google Sheets.
After trainees explore the classroom environment and observe the proper way to support the classroom, they will participate in a Kahoot! Quiz Game. The Kahoot! experience is designed to engage trainees in a friendly competitive quiz where points are given for correct answers. There are also group discussions following each question facilitated by a content expert. The trainee responses will help the facilitator gauge student understanding and guide needed instruction. As suggested by How People Learn, the instructor will be “challenging enough to maintain engagement, but not so difficult as to lead to discouragement” (Brandsford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000, p.23). The experience hopes to create teaching moments that all participates can gain value from. The fun nature of the activity will also encourage more interaction as compared to the less exciting method of reading from a tech support manual.
The Google Sheet portion of the lesson is designed to enhance collaboration and encourage creation. Every member of the support team accesses the Google Sheet for multiple reasons. During the live broadcast, the technician at each location communicates to one another via the Google Sheet. This allows the technicians to collaborate on problem resolution when interrupting the entire class is not necessary. For example, it is not necessary to halt the broadcast only to ask one location to adjust their audio levels. The Google Sheet also allows everyone on the team to see ongoing issues and collaborate towards problem resolutions. Within the Act section of the five core competencies, Hobbs’ asks in regards to students, “Do they recognize how to leverage the strengths of others to accomplish a common goal?” (Hobbs, 2011, p.19). One of the main goals of using Google Sheets, facilitated by an expert technician, is to do just this. Another section of the Google Sheet contains a section for suggestions, which empowers all team members to contribute their ideas to enhance our student’s classroom experience.
Bransford, J.D., Brown , A.L., & Cocking, R.R. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
Hobbs, R. (2011). Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom. Thousand, Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage.