Think Like a Teacher: Day 1

Commercial Wrap Up

Let’s give our attention to a few additional communication and collaboration commercials.

Think Like a Teacher

Today we begin our first Think Like a Teacher activity (forever referred to as: TLAT #1). For this project you’ll need the Georgia Performance Standards, knowledge of communication and collaboration tools, information from Chapter 3, and your brain. Your final product will be a write-up (2-3 pages) of a learning activity that you design for your grade/subject.  This learning activity MUST incorporate a communication and/or collaboration tool.


You will develop a K12 learning activity, using technology to improve the opportunities for communication and/or collaboration among K-12 learners. Topics covered may include: any standard listed in the Georgia Performance Standards document.

There is sometimes a lack of meaningful opportunities for K12 students to communicate and collaborate in and outside of traditional learning environments. Communication and collaboration skills, especially related to the use of technology, are essential to succeed in the 21st century. We should prepare students by embedding these skills in their content learning. Communication and collaboration activities also enhance content learning by creating an authentic social environment.

Your learning activity should be based on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), which encourage students to use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Specifically, your leaning activity should encourage students to:

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.


Follow the lesson design guide shared via Google docs. Below is the criteria I will use to evaluate your learning activity:

1. The lesson activity should engage students in content learning by addressing Georgia Performance Standards or other learning standards.

2. Technology should be used to promote one or more types of communication and/or collaboration described by the National Educational Technology Standards.

3. The lesson activity should allow every student to participate in and contribute to their group work with clearly defined roles.

4. The learning activity should address all questions posed and reflect clarity of thinking as the lesson activity is developed.

We’ll be working on this project in class for several days – it is due on Wednesday, February 23. Here’s the basic timeline:

2/14– Introduction to TLAT, discuss communication/collaboration

2/16– Brainstorming ideas, Thinkfinity and other lesson sites

2/18– Beginning to write out the lesson

2/21– Peer reviews

2/23– TLAT #1 due – should be on a new web page on your portfolio

Getting Started

Let’s get our materials ready so you can start thinking like a teacher.  I’ve shared the Lesson Design Guide and class roll with you in your Google Docs account.  Since I sent you a version that you can only view, but not edit, you’ll need to open the documents and make a copy of them.

We’re going to go over the Lesson Design Guide – but let’s hear some ideas and advice from former EDIT 2000 students about the Think Like a Teacher project.

The Overview Section of the Lesson Design Guide is designed to help you understand the format of the guide.  Note the references to TPACK throughout the guide.

Step 1 of the Lesson Design Guide uses a lot of information from Chapter 3 in your text. We’ll work through some of this during class today. It’s really the most important section (as students in the previous video mentioned).


1. Complete Step 1 of the Lesson Design Guide.

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