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Moving On-Line 7 -

Observations and Questions #7 -

Traits for Success - Lesson Planning for the Digital Classroom -

In the most traditional classroom, the teacher plays a role - one established by tradition and practice. The teacher lectures, the students take notes and then a test. That’s the core of the traditional model.

In the on-line digital classroom, things have to change. The method of delivery is so vastly different and the approach to content is so vastly different that a different consideration of lesson planning is in order.

Teachers assume that they have content to present. Content drives the curriculum. Teachers have organized content in a largely linear fashion. Chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3 - or unit 1, unit 2, unit 3.

First, in the on-line classroom, all content is accessible to the student at any time of day. That’s so important to remember. Almost everything from Socrates to Shakespeare, and all the commentary lies within the purview of the student. Books, and knowledge are democratized for the curious.

The teacher’s job in framing curriculum changes - it just has to.

Instead of just “presenting” material, the teacher’s new responsibility involves “asking” questions. And consequently, demanding good answers via student interaction.

When students are asked to engage with each other to answer significant questions about the material at hand, when they are asked to share their findings in an on-line forum, when they are asked to posit solutions - then they are learning.

An essential question to ponder - How can a curriculum be framed so that it involves students?

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