How Technology Facilitates K-12 Student Learning

Table of Contents

  1. Lesson plan using spreadsheets or databases
  2. Lesson plan using a multimedia application
  3. Lesson plan using internet resources/search strategies
  4. Lesson plan that is part of an interdisciplinary unit
  5. Ideas for Technology Integration at Elementary Level
  6. Personal vision statement on the use of technology to support student learning

An original lesson plan using spreadsheets or databases to support a lesson on a specific content objective

Student Media Web Portfolios

Content Objective Supported: Designing and Creating Multimedia Presentations/Projects, Designing and Creating Websites

Each year my students create a professional website portfolio using Adobe Dreamweaver, which includes files and databases. This year I allowed my students to choose how they built their web portfolio. Some chose to go live with Weebly and others choose to use Dreamweaver. Below you will find samples of both Weebly and Dreamweaver sites. I am always so impressed with the amount of projects completed and skills acquired by the end of the year.

 


  • Sample Student Site: (Dreamweaver – offline)

Website Design in Dreamweaver from Sherri Rickman on Vimeo.


Student Project Based Learning

Content Objective Supported: Designing and Creating Multimedia Presentations/Projects, Designing and Creating Websites

2016-2017 Project: Roanoke Valley Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education Website Design


Two senior mass communication students took on a new website design project for Roanoke Valley Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education. These two students used the Weebly platform to complete the website. Students met with the client many times to discuss objectives and goals for the website.


2015-2016 Project: Jobs for Virginia Graduates Website Management

One senior student took on the responsibility of updating and managing the website through a content management system called WordPress. The student updated content such as images, blog posts and basic information.


2014-2015 Project: Lifestream Center, Inc. Website Re-Design

Two senior students took on the project to re-design the website for a local non-profit organization called Lifestream Center, Inc. One student served the role of web design/development using Adobe Dreamweaver and the other student provided the amazing photography that you see throughout the website.  Students experienced what it was like to work with real-world clients where they learned how to collaborate and apply critical thinking skills.


An original lesson plan using a multimedia application to support a lesson on a specific content objective

Collaborative Video Summary of Design Principles

Content Objective Supported: Applying Principles of Layout and Design, Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills, Designing and Creating Multimedia Presentations/Projects

Students were asked to Video Summarize the Four Basic Principles of Design – Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity

Contrast.Repetition.Alignment.Proximity from Sherri Rickman on Vimeo.


Fostering Respect Poster Project

Content Objective Supported: Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

Students created posters using Photoshop and/or Illustrator. The goal was to promote the idea of fostering respect on Burton’s campus. These posters were printed and framed and displayed in the hallways around Burton Center.

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Virtual Flip Book Using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

Project Introduction and Notes: Motion Graphics – Animated Drawings with Music Video

Project Description and Requirements: After Effects Final Project

Student Completed Project

OPen FInal from Sherri Rickman on Vimeo.


Lesson plan using Internet resources/search strategies

BreakoutEDU

An immersive learning games platform that promotes the 5 C’s. Collaboration, Communication, Citizenship, Creativity and Critical Thinking.

BreakoutEDU is a great way to engage students! Teachers have the opportunity to integrate as much or as little technology as they wish.

For example, in Time Warp, students had to use technology such as a QR code, email, and Google for research. Students are required to work together to solve a series of puzzles.

Lesson Plan with Student Reflection: BreakoutEDU Lesson Plan


Choice Projects

This past school year I implemented the idea of completing choice projects. To facilitate this idea I created a website full of ideas and resources where students could explore different graphic and web design projects. This concept allowed students to pick and choose projects that allow them to practice and explore skills needed in the graphic and web design field. The idea of choice created a more engaged classroom. At the end of the 1st Semester I had students gather their best design work from the Choice Project list and create a PDF Portfolio where they also had to reflect on their designs. Here are a few portfolio’s and individual project designs.




Infographic on The Five C’s Created in Photoshop



Adobe Spark Video Production

Lesson plan that is part of an interdisciplinary unit

Practicing Positive Digital Citizenship

What does your social media say about you? A collaborative assignment between AP English 11 and Digital and Web Design class. This assignment had students analyze/discuss the content of their different social media accounts in English class and then create a statistical informational graphic in Photoshop using their results. The images were printed poster size and framed for our school’s collaborative project. Posters were displayed during Digital Citizenship Week.


Ideas for Technology Integration at The Elementary Level

3 Exciting Ideas to Promote Innovation  & 3 Awesome Tech Tools to Use in the Classroom Tomorrow


Personal vision statement on the use of technology to support student learning

The use of technology in the classroom should focus on supporting the curriculum, assisting teachers in the delivery of instructional strategies and enhancing student engagement. What I love most about implementing technology is that it enhances a cooperative learning environment.