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Innovation Mini-Teach Project Overview



You will partner with other students (as assigned by the instructor) to become an expert in one innovative technology, then design a 15 minute group teaching experience using the assigned technology where you and your group members are the teachers, and your classmates are K-12 students (you get to determine the specific grade). This demonstration should be hands-on if possible for your classmates. Approximately one Innovative Mini-Teach experience will take place each class meeting.  Your instructor will coordinate presentation dates.



Innovative teachers shift between the roles of teacher, learner, group member, contributor, and mentor as needed in the common pursuit of professional development and school improvement. This is especially relevant to the adoption of new technology tools. This assignment will be very dependent upon collaboration and promises to acquaint you with new and evolving technologies and to help you better understand how technology can be integrated to improve student learning. The archived knowledge from all groups will be housed in a class wiki, which will no doubt contribute to your growing collection of teaching materials.


Purpose of Assignment:

•    To acquire a range of understanding about a variety of innovative technologies

•    To collaboratively learn “inside-and-out” one innovative technology and its possible classroom applications

•    To practice designing and delivering instruction that integrates technology

•    To collect usable resources for future class assignments and possible use as a teacher (via the class wiki)


TAP Indicator: This project builds upon your working knowledge of the following Activities and Materials indicators

•    Provide opportunities for student to student interaction

•    Incorporate multimedia and technology

•    Incorporate resources beyond the school curriculum texts


Standards: This assignment addresses these standards:

Arizona Professional Teaching Standards (APTS):

1.1, 1.4, 1.7

3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.10, 3.11



National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T):

1a, 1b, 1d

2a, 2b



Collaborative Requirement:

Each group member will receive an individual grade based on this project. EQUAL contribution is expected of all group members to the planning and presentation process. Minor hiccups in group functions are expected, as with any social endeavor; but should persistent problems inhibit performance, professionalism is expected. If you have attempted, but cannot handle problems within the group, please be proactive and ask for instructor assistance. In most cases, if it is not too late, I can mediate, and will be happy to do so. Any students with unprofessional behavior will be handled appropriately. This includes any students who overcompensates, as well as, any student who does not follow through with their commitments.


It is my belief that all teachers should be open and willing to work collaboratively with each other. I also understand that collaboration skills are developed over time and with practice. I expect there to be issues to iron out, and that all group members will commit to working through the kinks. For groups that have chronic problems to the point where time is wasted or feelings are in jeopardy, I offer my assistance as a mentor and coach. Just email me. All communications will be confidential.


Steps to Planning Your Project

1. TOPICS: Your instructor will assign groups, presentation topics, and presentation dates.

2. PLAN TO PLAN: Complete a Group Contract. The contract must be consensus of all group members and be approved by your instructor. It is expected that group members will make frequent communication a priority to minimize misunderstandings.

3. PRIOR WIKIS: Read what other student have prepared for their course wikis by reviewing various wikis related to this project at http://innovations08.pbwiki.com/FrontPage

4. GET TO KNOW YOUR INNOVATION: Learn the ins and outs of your assigned innovation to the point you are comfortable demonstrating the tool to someone else. It is expected that all students in your small group will become experts in the assigned innovation.

5. CONTRIBUTE TO THE CLASS WIKI: The class wiki will be available after the end of the semester to you and your classmates, and all other students who have come before you, as well as, those who will follow in your footsteps. Be sure to follow the criteria listed in the evaluation rubric to assure the information will be useful.

6. ACCESS: Make arrangements for access to any special equipment or software downloads needed on the day of your presentation. This should be accomplished one week prior to the innovation.

7. PLAN A TEACHING SCENARIO: Use the Lesson Plan Matrix to prepare for a 15-20 minute simulated teaching experience whereby members of your group are team teachers, and your classmates are the K-12 students (grade of your choice) who will experience using your innovation in a learning situation.

8. POLISH: Practice your teaching event with your group. Adjust your Lesson Plan Matrix to adhere to the 15-20 minute timeframe. All group members should be able to demonstrate proficiency with all components of the assigned innovation, including some advanced features. Please, do not provide handouts about your innovation. Save paper. Publish to this wiki instead.


Do not read to the audience from the wiki. It is available for viewing by your classmates whenever they find the need. 


PRESENTATION DAY (dates assigned by your instructor): Provide one hard copy of your Lesson Plan Matrix to your instructor. Come to class early to set up. Facilitate your Innovation Mini-Teach.


INSTRUCTOR EVALUATION: On the day of your presentation, your instructor will evaluate your presentation and your wiki using the Innovation's Rubric.


PERSONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Within a week after your presentation, complete and submit the Personal Learning Opportunity (PLO) associated with this project and submit it to your instructor via an attached Word document in an email to raymond.pohlmeyer@asu.edu


Comments (1)

Richard Udave said

at 9:19 am on Sep 9, 2010

woo woo !

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