Understanding by Design (UBD) is a framework taught in many teacher certification programs which can be easily adapted to guide teachers in the development of technology-rich learning experiences. A best practice in incorporating technology into content areas is to first determine the summative task, then identify learning experiences to prepare students for the summative task, then finally determine which technology tools might enhance or facilitate those goals. It’s not about using technology for the sake of technology, but rather to meet the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy in a way that supports 21st Century learning.
In the Winter 2018 quarter of the Digital Education Leadership program, I had the opportunity to rethink a unit plan in terms of the UBD framework and inclusion of technology in a way that enhanced the project. The focus of my unit is 21st Century research skills and incorporates Language Arts content standards in addition to ISTE student standards. Throughout the unit, students learn to find credible sources, cite sources, evaluate sources, and synthesize information online. The summative task is a curated list published online which is a culmination of research.
Below is a link to my post in which I outline my process. I have also uploaded my final project which includes resources that can be downloaded and used in the classroom for anyone interested in completing a similar project.