CEP810: 21st Century Lesson Plan

This week I created a 21st Century Lesson Plan. This lesson plan incorporated technologies that would scaffold students’ learning and allow them to create a digital publication of their work. According to Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (2011), students must learn to produce work that represents their learning (p. 91-98). Students need access to digital media and time to play and problem-solve. Leading digital and media scholar Renee Hobbs talks about ways to support all learning with digital technology and media. Hobbs outlines the five core competencies in her book, Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Culture and Classroom (2011): accessing, analyzing, creating, reflecting, and acting. The competencies focus on using technology tools to find, use, and share information while working collaboratively with others. My 21st century lesson plan provides students the experience of playing and problem solving with digital media as outlined by Thomas and Brown, while also aligns to Hobbs’ five literacy competencies.

Prior to this lesson, my first-grade students have been studying the life cycle of a chicken while we hatch chicks in our classroom. Students have been using the internet and books to research what they need to know about the life cycle of a chicken and the stages of development. This lesson I created is the final piece to our unit. In this lesson, I have my students work collaboratively with a partner to take what they have learned and produce an informational book using Tikatok. Students must accompany the information in their book with a combination of pictures they took during the process of hatching the chicks and pictures they draw to represent the stages of development inside the egg. I will scaffold students’ learning of Tikatok by modeling how to create a book on the SMART Board while students follow along on their iPads.

My students will learn and refine many of their skills through this activity.

Students will…

1. work collaboratively

I will have students work in partners. They must work together to problem solve and make decisions about their final product.

2. sort important information

Throughout the course of the science unit studying chicks, my students have collected an overwhelming amount of information. They must critically look through all of their information to decide what is the most important and should be included in their book. Students must also sort and group their information into appropriate sections for their book.

3. play with digital media and problem solve

I will be giving my students a basic overview of the Tikatok website and briefly explain how to create a book. From there, I will leave the creative process up to my students. They must work together to play with and explore Tikatok and find solutions to any problem they encounter.

4. use text features

My students have been learning about text features all year. They will take that knowledge and apply it to their project. They will include features such as a table of contents, headings, bold words, pictures, captions, an index, and a glossary. 

5. authentically publish work

Students are used to seeing important information in the form of a book or a website. This will give students the opportunity to publish their work in an authentic format which gives more meaning to their hard work.



Hobbs, R. (2011). Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom. Thousand, Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage.

Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky: CreateSpace?.


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