We all know that trying to do "one more new thing" is what we always do. Most of us are motivated to try out new digital tools but don't quite know how to make these tools seamlessly flow into our lessons.
App Flows provide a customizable framework that redefines the traditional lesson plan by integrating digital learning tools and content with pedagogical intent. Wow! That was a mouthful. Quite simply, you can discover tools on Graphite and then align them to each part of your lesson –- the hook, direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and wrap-up –- thinking with purpose about your lesson redesign.
There are three goals in mind:
- To guide teachers to reflect on where they're aligning digital learning tools within a lesson, why the tools best fit those particular activities, and how the activities themselves are being augmented
- To encourage blended learning opportunities by prompting teachers to mix in media-rich activities with traditional pencil-and-paper activities
- To illustrate how technology can be used throughout a lesson plan, especially if used in the teaching (for you!) and in the learning (for students!)
We recommend starting small and adding a digital tool or two in an App Flow of your own; you’ll grow in confidence and creativity from there. On Graphite, you can save and share your App Flows, and be inspired by what others are doing in their classrooms.
Take a look at some of the App Flows they’ve created (utilizing not just apps but websites, games, and digital curricula, too). Then take that first step to create your own!