lunedì 21 agosto 2017

Lesson Planning Tools

Planning and sharing  lessons online is now possible and teachers  can rely on many  tools which are free and which can help them develop their lessons: in most cases teachers need to have an account and start browsing  lessons or  create their own  lessons. Lessons can be used in a flipped learning mode and they can contain the main documents, videos, images, audios which teachers have chosen for their students. They guide the students as they can also  find activities to do with quizzes.
Most of the tools enable the teachers to create their content by using  OER and documents which are online.
Students can have access to the lessons thanks to a link and can be embedded in many  LMS or blogs and websites.

This new way of working is based on cloud-based tools and lessons can become more engaging  while students can work from home and also have access to  documents and lots of visuals  and language input.

Here you can find interesting tools:

For Italian  Teachers  :  RAISCUOLA

Teachers can rely on a database of documents and choose the content which will be later  shared with the students and other teachers :


Online there are interesting lessons:  the links I am providing is from a lesson  about  the Elizabethan Theatre. Most of the lessons are in Italian and created for Italian learners.

LESSONPATHS : a tool for browsing and  creating  lessons online

Here is an example of a lesson about   The Diary of Anne  Frank- it is based on videos related to the time and the life of  Anne Frank.

Create your own Playlist on LessonPaths!

Here is a tutorial teaching about  it :

Another interesting tool is  TES:

You can find  here  my lesson plan about  V. Woolf:

The tool is versatile and enables you to work online while choosing materials like videos, images and creating context and quizzes.


This tool enables you to create  lessons  starting from a video :

You need to have an account and then you can  create and share  the lesson. I have often used these lessons for presenting further materials with listening comprehensions in English.  Usually videos are short and students are guided online by using  wh-questions and detailed reading questions.

A new and interesting tool is Symbaloo  Learning Path: it shares  similarities with TES. You have access to lessons online.


An interesting tool which enables teachers  to create lessons and check the students' working online.

Here is a short introduction online  about it :

Shared lessons can be found online :

This is a lesson plan for Italian teachers  studying and learning about  Google:

Here is my  first learning path about the Victorian Age - it needs improving but  I managed to create it in a short time:

All these tools share a lot of good features : they are created online and can be seen from any device.
You only need to rely on the many documents online which are also on Youtube and sometimes channels  can be closed.  It is therefore important to rely on good channels for the videos.

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