technologythatworks


Setting Objectives:
The instructional strategy of setting objectives focuses on establishing a direction for learning. Technology can enhance the goal-setting process by providing organizational and communication tools that make it easier to clarify and communicate the learning objectives for teachers, students and parents.

Word Processing Applications
  • Create a web based KWHL for setting lesson objectives and communicate these goals with students and parents.
  • Create a learning contract template and store on a server for students to complete.
  • Use zoho.com (more features and more complex) or docs.google.com (Google Docs: write, share and edit) to create online documents or spreadsheets. These tools also allow students to collaborate and share with each other.

Organizing and Brainstorming Software
  • Use Inspiration ( Grades 5-12) or
  • Kidspiration (grades K-4) for students to plan and organize their thoughts at the beginning of a unit, during instruction and after a unit about what they want to learn. Students can ask questions and find answers to such personalized questions as: What do you know? What do you want to know? How will you find out? What did you learn?
  • The above questions could also be used for students preparing to read a book.
  • There are many templates already created in Inspiration and Kidspiration such as Goal Planning and Setting.
  • For free concept mapping software that is incredibly flexible but easy to use, look at CMap tools from IHMC.
  • A great tool for secondary level students is Freemind.Link here
  • Collaborative brainstorming - Bubbl.us . How to video.
  • More collaborative brainstorming, but with a free application (works like Inspiration) Gliffy .
  • Access brainstorming maps anywhere and work online with colleagues with Mindmeister.
  • Share your Mindomo maps online providing students a direct link to your map or by embedding your map into an existing webpage.
  • Thinking Guides with Exploratree.
  • Text2MindMap for students/teachers who prefer text.
  • Large online archive on mind maps on Mappio.
  • SMART ideas concept mapping software.

Step by Step Instructions for Using Software (p. 14)
These are subscription based sites that provide simple instructions for performing a variety of tasks with many programs available for use.

Data Collection Tools
  • Collect data with online surveys to engage students and gather information to guide instruction on a particular unit. Pre-assessment surveys can assess student prior knowledge, identify misconceptions, and focus class objectives based on student feedback.

Free or inexpensive online surveys:

Web Resources / Online Rubric Creation
  • Access Student standards online, transform them into objectives . . .

Utah K-12 Core Curriculum Standards and Objectives
Verizon Thinkfinity find quality, standards-based and research-based educational and literacy resources
McREL’s Compendium of Standards
Developing Educational Standards by subject and state
LearnAlberta
Student friendly outcomes (Alberta)
  • Now that your unit objectives are set, you can communicate them to your students by creating or finding a rubric to guide the learning criteria for a student learning for a lesson, test, project or product.

UEN Rubric Tool
Kathy Schrock Guide for Rubrics
Online blogging rubric
Blog reflection rubric
Digital Age assessment - Learning in Web 2.0 slideshare by Harry G. Tuttle
Rubrics for Web Lessons
Quality Rubrics for any lesson - generic rubrics provided so that teachers can customize them
Landmark Project Rubric Machine - by David Warlick
TeAchnology Web Portal for Educators
Technology Rich Classrooms

Communication Software
Blogs and e-mail provide another way to set and communicate goals and objectives in the classroom.