Sixth grade students writing persuasive essays after debating a self-selected topic of interest benefited from a collaboration between their teacher and myself as we created a debate and writing unit using the ASSURE Model of instructional design. The design model was created to support strategies, participation, assessment, and reflection enhanced by the use and creation of technology tools by student learners. The ASSURE model directly aligns with the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Student Standards as well as curriculum standards at the local and national level (Smaldino, 2012).
My goal as a learner in the graduate program, Digital Education Leadership, is to demonstrate the ability to create or modify learning activities and lessons, that integrates technology in a meaningful way using the ASSURE Model, a design I hadn’t used before. I’ve used other design models of instruction in planning and implementation and what I found valuable with this model in particular, is that it provided a guide for me to analyze and reflect on how to best utilize digital tools effectively. Especially because there were many lessons as part of the unit taught by 2 teachers, the framework ensured students were learning through experience and practice with a variety of technology. Here is the unit, If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well.
Technology as a Research Tool
Technology as a Production Tool
Students collaborated together and created a rubric teacher used for students’ one on one debates that were recorded and shared with a partner class as well as parents.
Technology as a Communication Tool
Students and teachers used Google Classroom to collaborate as well as used for a central location where links to and descriptions of resources were organized and shared.
Students and teachers recorded debates so students could later self-reflect, partner classrooms could watch and learn, and students could share work with their families.
Technology as a Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tool
Smaldino, S. E., Lowther, D. L., & Russell, J. D. (2012). Instructional technology and media for learning (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.