What steps do you take when you create a unit for a class? Do you start by finding some cool simulations? Do you create your test first? Do you consider what your learning objectives should be? Be honest with yourself. I ask these questions because they are important. For example, if you start creating a unit with a cool activity you found, you most likely are going to run into some alignment issues if you do not start with your learning objectives.
When it comes to designing your course, you always want to start with your learning objectives, so before you do anything, sit down and write out what you want your students to know by the end of the class then make these into learning objectives. Once you have your learning objectives, there are several design approaches you can take when creating your course, but this post is going to focus on the backwards design approach.
There are three main steps when using the backwards design approach:
Once you have your learning objectives, you will have completed step one of the backwards design approach. Next, you need to determine acceptable evidence. How will your students show you they have mastered the learning objective? Do you have some test questions, do you have them complete a project, do you have them write an essay, etc. Overall, how will you access them on each learning objective? Check out the examples below:
Once you have your acceptable evidence (test, project, paper, etc.) created that aligns with the learning objectives, you plan your learning experiences. This is where you may use simulations, activities, readings, videos, etc. to help your students master the material you are teaching. When you are finding resources for your class, make sure that each resource helps the learner master the learning objectives you created. If the resource does not help the learner master the learning objective, do not use it. If you find that you do not have a resource for a learning objective, make sure you find one. Next, you use these resources to create the learning experience. For example, if you are teaching online then you may use a learning management system (LMS) to design your course, such as uploading materials. Once you have this step completed, you will have completed a backwards design approach for creating a course for your students.
Do you ever have an idea that you want to implement as a simulation in your class, but you can't find what you want online? If this is the case, you can create your own "Simple Simulations" for any subject. You could create a simulation for solving math problems, you could create a story with moving parts, you could create a virtual lab, etc... The options are endless. For example, check out the Chemistry videos below to see what can be done.
To be able to create your own simulations, you will need to start with a plan.
Once you have your GIF's created, you will need to add your GIF's to the correct slides in Google Slides then you will need to link your slides. Check out the video below to see how you can link slides and add GIF's in Google Slides.
Once you have your slides linked and your GIF's inserted, you can go in and add your content to each slide and work on how the slides will look. For some additional tips about creating Google Slides, check out the video below.
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