4.4.d Effective Digital Learning Environments.

4.4.d Model the use of instructional design principles with educators to create effective digital learning environments.

During my co-planning project with a teacher partner at my school, I used the 4-component model to help my partner reflect on and redesign her unit with the integration of digital learning tools. The four-component model supports teachers in reviewing their lesson and unit plan in Standards-Based Task, Problem-Based Task, Engaging Task, and Technology Enables and Accelerates Learning.   

While refining the Technology Enables and Accelerates Learning component in her unit plan, we used the checklist from Using Technology to Create an Effective Learning Environment to measure engagement in learning goals through technology tools used in her unit plan. After going through the list, she decided to learn more about Microsoft OneNote as an assessment and feedback tool for her writing lesson in the unit because this tool allows students to focus on the task of the assignment or activity with less distraction. It was a good demonstration of educators creating a learning environment where students do not learn from technology; students learn with technology to support productive thinking. 

In addition, my post, Reflect and Redesign by Using the Understanding by Design Model, emphasized that designing lessons begins by determining the outcome of the activity, or rather than the learning objective that students will master. I have already learned to use the following strategies to create effective learning environments, and these strategies can be implemented by using technology to enhance the engagement of students.  

-Large and/or group discussion 

-Interactive lecturing and think-pair-shares 

-Flipped classroom 

-Cooperative learning (including team-based and project-based learning) 

-Guided note-taking 

-Guided inquiry for problem-solving