Technology Tools Projects
- Let's create a meaningful, engaging,
real-world project! Start by locating some
resources and identifying a learning outcome.
Then, develop an engaging, technology-rich
activity. Finally, assess student
What are you teaching? What resources do you
already have available? In what areas could you use
some additional information, examples, or excitement
to build the learning environment? Start by exploring
the topics we've listed at 42explore.
Seek out resources in your subject area interest.
Pick a couple that you'd like to work with for this
Bookmark (or favorite)
this site for easy reference.
Identify a Learning
Go to the Active
Words page to find more descriptive, active words
for your learning outcome.
Share your active words
and learning outcome with a peer.
Introduction. Draw student interest
with an intriguing introduction. Hook your learners
with a picture, quotation, statistic, or problem that
you know will pique their curiosity.
Activity. Carefully design a project that
will allow students to explore, evaluate, organize,
analyze, and apply information they've found to solve
a problem, formulate something new, or communicate an
idea. Go to the Activity Ideas
page and brainstorm some interesting products that
students could create using the information found on
Tools. Consider the different types of
technology tools you can use to help students develop
Directions. Students need guidelines for
completing your activity. You may wish to provide
step-by-step instructions or a more general list of
requirements. It's helpful for students to see
examples, nonexamples, models, and samples. On the
other hand, you don't want students to simply copy
your suggestions, so your directions need to be
flexible enough to promote unique ideas and
Timeline. How long will students be working
on this project? What's realistic? Provide students
with some guidelines for project development.
Identify an engaging
activity and design an project.
Find out what your students have learned.
Give them a chance to share and reflect. Assessment
isn't about testing and report cards. It should be
about helping you and your students understand where
you've been and where you still need to go to reach
your learning outcomes. Go to Student
Success to identify ideas for assessing student
- Brainstorm alternative
assessments to match your outcome and
Project Management Tips
- Before you try out your projects. Consider some
Technology Tool Tips.
Brainstorm a project. Answer the following
- What's the goal of the project?
- What problem or issue will be solved
- What's the context of the
- What kind of data needs to be
- What's the best tool for organizing,
calculating, and analyzing the data?
- What's the specific student
- How will student time be spent?
- Do students have the resources they
will need to be successful?
- Will students be working individually
- What procedures will be used to
collect, enter, and analyze
- How will student progress be
- What will the project look like?
- What end product will be developed to
communicate the results?
- How will the student performance and
project be assessed?
Developed by Annette
Lamb, 7/99. Updated