Brian Franz Of the three lessons I taught, two went very well and one went only adequately. The Basic Skills lesson I taught involving basic mouse skills was quite effective. I used both the minimalist and systematic method in teaching basic mouse skills to a senior citizen. It was especially important to use the systematic approach, since this is primarily a physical skill. I think I did a very good job introducing the advantages of the mouse and explaining to the adult-learner why it is advantageous to use a mouse over keyboard control. The Information Access lesson I taught was excellent. Again, I relied heavily on a more systematic approach to teaching this lesson. Of the three lessons I taught, this was probably the most effective. I did not need to change my lesson plan at all in order for this to be a successful lesson. Students were very involved with the initial investigation about Jacopo di Poggibonsi and we genuinely surprised to learn that he did not exist. It was essential for students be immersed in the technology for this lesson plan and it worked very well. The Productivity lesson was a good lesson, but not excellent. It was taught to a group of teachers and teachers can be difficult students. The lesson itself went well, again mixing systematic and minimalist approaches. The teachers were not entirely convinced from the attention grabber that using Excel to make charts is advantageous for everyone. Having said that, nearly every teacher was able to learn how to make a unique chart that they could use if they desired. If I were to do it again, I would perhaps come up with more reasons teachers would want to make a chart and include them in the lesson. Ultimately, for myself, a mix of systematic and minimalist teaching works best when I’m teaching something technology related. I don’t feel comfortable simply Brian Franz immersing students in a new technology without adequately explaining the need for it. I believe the best way to use technology in the classroom is to only use it when it is enhancing the education of the student. I dislike teaching that utilizes education, but for no reason other than to use it. It may look good, but looking good is not enough for a true educator.
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