Now Serving: A Buffet of Learning Experiences

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Anna Sexton  
Mark Sonnen  

Learn how to prepare a menu of hands-on learning activities that engage students in small bites. This lesson structure has the flexibility of adapting the content to meet the learning needs of all students and providing a sweet treat for enrichment.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: The ability to access the web and install apps. We will be engaging with our audience using some interactive tools during the live session.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will experience an overview of digital tools and resources that align to the 5E model of lesson planning:
Engage by experiencing tools like virtual reality or 360 images/videos or going on a journey using Google voyager.
Explore content through digital scavenger hunts, videos and online flashcards all housed in a digital binder to give students choice and ownership of the exploration.
Explain what you explored by having participants using online voice recording and video tools like vocaroo, flipgrid or gosynth.
Elaborate on what you have learned by creating a sweet experience where students product a creative product using tools like clips, garage band, or
Evaluate the learning experience by providing branching google forms or interactive games like Quizizz.

The criteria for success is built into the “Yelp” review where participants will share what they have learned or an idea for incorporating one of the tasty experiences on a digital platform like Padlet.


5 minutes: Introduction, Norms, and Agenda
5 minutes: Learning outcome: Review the Yelp Review reflection document for digital note taking. Participants will complete a quick poll question on how they approach a buffet. This activity will provide the learning goal and outcome for the session. (How do you approach a buffet? Are you that person that wants to get your money's worth and fill your bag with as many resources as possible? Maybe you prefer to try a little taste of everything before you decide what you want to chew on? or Maybe you are that picky eater and something has to totally meet your needs before you put that item on your plate.)
Overview and tasting experiences:
Each section will provide a quick overview of the tool and engage the audience in quick check polls:
8 minutes: Engage - virtual experiences and google voyager overview.
8 minutes: Explore - digital scavenger hunts (hosting resources in one place for students to explore).
8 minutes: Explain - voice and video recording platforms students can use to explain their thinking.
8 minutes: Elaborate - fun enrichment ideas for students ready to move forward.
8 minutes: Evaluate- branching forms or game-like quizzes.
5 minutes: Closure and session evaluation.

Supporting research

My presentations follow my doctoral studies and research on creating professional development that increases technology self-efficacy.
Through modeling, practice and reflection participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to select, align, and use technology to meet specific learning outcomes.

Sexton, A. (2019). Examining the effects of modeling, practice, and reflection in technology professional development. Dissertations & Theses @ UOP.

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Anna Sexton, Southwest ISD
Mark Sonnen, Northside ISD

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