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Lesson Flows: app smashing instructional design

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I’ve written quite a bit about app smashing, the understanding that it often takes more than one app or tool to effectively accomplish a digital task.  Well, that concept is also true about building instruction these days. How can we better harness and leverage all of those appealing digital tools we discover?

CommonSense Media, the folks who bring us the Graphite rating service for digital resources, as well as a wealth of instructional content, including a K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games, also bring us a framework for smashing apps for instruction.

Formerly called App Flows, Lesson Flows presents a customizable, interactive template for designing standards-aligned instruction that recognizes the importance of strategically integrating digital tools throughout the process. After registering, you can create and share your own lesson flows in addition to searching and adapting or using those created by others.

The template conveniently prompts teachers to scaffold where, why and how they align apps and tools throughout the learning process.  Standards display and may be selected from expandable menus.  Digital tools are easily pulled in to lessons from the Graphite database.

Lesson Flows recognizes the value of using tools that achieve transformational goals suggested by Ruben Puentedora’s SAMR model and redefine activities that are part of instructional design.Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 8.37.04 PM

samr modelIn her CommonSense Media blog post introducing Lesson Flows, Darri Stephens shares that the framework redefines the traditional lesson plan by integrating digital learning tools and content with pedagogical intent. 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.

Lesson Flows are excellent tools for teacher librarians to use as they design technology-rich collaborative projects with classroom teachers.

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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