A 4-unit module integrated into a graduate M.Ed. course in Instructional Technology called: Technology and its Role in the Transformation of Education.


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-07-27.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson on the Discovery of Electricity includes information about Benjamin Franklin, the history of light sources, safety procedures, and the scientific method. There is enough material to create a meaningful learning experience for your class. The lesson contains helpful items such as a vocabulary list, essential questions, and identified standards. However, it leaves out key items such as a reference for the story used to launch the lesson and procedures for the experiment. Also, it is unclear why the materials list includes a hot plate and coffee can and what context the safety rules are designed to address. Consider including an anticipatory question (What were sources of light prior to electricity? Imagine a world without electricity and describe a typical day. How would your life be different if we had no electricity? etc.). Creating clearly defined step-by-step procedures and a more specific rubric would be useful to guide students through this lesson and set expectations for quality work. If modified, this lesson could be an ideal way to introduce a unit on electricity.
Meredith Phillips

This is one of five units contained within an Open Educational Resource module. Each unit was generated by a professor who works with pre-service teachers. This unit will last between 2 and 4 weeks. It can be used independently or with the other units. Each session allows students to work alone or in a group to write response papers and upload them onto an OER website. Important vocabulary and key websites are included. All in all very worthwhile and ready to use in many teacher development courses.

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