Lesson design

In a good lesson, it is a culmination of the instructional designer’s good grasp of the three knowledge (Technology, Pedagogy and Content). In the design of lesson, teachers should have a balanced approach in the 3 domains to deliver an effective ICT integrated lesson, i.e., the intersection of the 3 domains. Technology addresses the needs of a lesson supported by a sound pedagogy. Technology cannot substitute pedagogy. In addition, the lesson should be designed based on Teaching for Understanding TfU framework (see next section).

Teaching for Understanding with Technology

A TfU lesson has the following elements and are usually designed sequential from the Througlines to the Understaing Goals.

A TfU lesson integrated with technology should be done after the lesson is designed. The workflow is

  • Design the lesson with TfU
  • Look at the affordance of the ICT tools
  • Integrate the ICT tools to your Performance of Understanding



iPad is a device that meets the basic needs of users in the area of content/media consumption, basic content creation, easy collaboration, notepad, diary, etc. All these features are offered without many unnecessary features (no frill) that plague the softwares found in  computers. These features are offered via different apps, each serving the unique needs of the users.

Free Apps for presentation

Free apps for gathering feedback

Non-free apps for presentation

  • Keynote – formal presentation

Other free apps for productivity and teaching that are worth investigating

  • Dropbox (free 2GB)
    • Teaching and Learning – File organizing and sharing (provides URL links to share files to many others), distribution and submission of work, collaboration (keep all necessary files in one place).
    • Integrated into many 3rd Party iPad/iPhone apps, synchronizes files across many different machines (iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop) and remote access to dropbox folder (i.e. access your files from anywhere)
  • Lino – collaborative brainstorming, mind mapping. Instructions to use in class is found here
  • Video Science – interesting videos for some topics
  • Calculator
  • Neu.annotate – annotating PDF files
  • MathBot – Equation typesetting, need to know a bit of LaTex math notations
  • ShowMe (Educreations – create video instructions repository for flipped classroom) – for students to demonstrate learning
  • Desmon GC – web-based Graphics calculator
  • Simplenote – Notetaking/brainstorming app that is synced to the cloud and offers meta-tagging (serves as folders). It consist of a basic text editor which does not have non-essential features that may distract users from the real task.


  1. Setting up a new iPad
  2. Getting Started “Challenges”

Challenge 1 – Reviewing basic features

  • Swipe left and do a search for “notes” in Spotlight
  • Create a “Note” to use as a notepad for today’s workshop
  • Rotate iPad for both Horizontal or Vertical view
  • Lock the screen orientation; unlock
  • View most recent applications: double-click Home Button
  • Turn the speaker volume up or down
  • Find the Sleep/Wake button
  • Rearrange your desktop apps
  • Create a folder (for 2+ apps)
  • In “Settings” app, connect your iPad to the network
  • Take a picture and email it to yourself
  • Take a screenshot
  • Create a short (20 – 30 second) movie starring a friend
Challenge 2 – iPad & the Web “Challenge”
  • Go to edtechteacher.org and add Bookmark (open a new window or tab to create a bookmark)
  • Go to EdTechTeacher Ning Groups and add to Home Screen (open a new window or tabe to create a bookmark)
  • Also, mail yourself a link to EdTechTeacher Ning – Groups page

Challenge 3 – Select “Native” Apps

  • Notes
  • App Store
  • iTunes
  • iBooks:
    • Bookmarks
    • Notes
    • Dictionary
    • Highlight
    • Copy
    • Search
  • Sample Free Books from iTunes:
    • Charles Dickens
    • Shakespeare
Challenge 4 – eBook Activity “Challenge”
  • Find a free iBook and download it to your iPad.
  • Try the dictionary feature.
  • Place a Bookmark.
  • Highlight a section of text.
  • Copy a section of text.
  • Create a new note in Notes and paste the copied text