Hello, friends! In this issue, I am sharing educational technology tools across the Danielson domains.
The Danielson domains refer to four domains of teacher responsibility as defined within the Framework for Teaching (www.danielsongroup.org/framework). This is a curated list from preservice teachers at Grove City College, who were tasked with identifying a tech tool for each domain.
Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
Domain 1 focuses on knowing your students beyond the student interest survey, understanding the content area and how to best teach it with evidencebased practices, assessing students’ learning, and ensuring that your content is coherent in sequence and scope.
- Share My Lesson
- Teachers Pay Teachers – Find a library of resources created by teachers, for teachers! Edit the lessons for your students’ needs.
- Planboard – Organize lessons, share documents, track standards, and collaborate with other educators in your district. Record attendance, grades, and observations within this easy-to-use tech tool!
Domain 2: Classroom Environment
Domain 2 is about creating a classroom of respect and rapport among students, and between students and teachers. It is a space where students feel safe to think creatively, solve problems, and collaborate.
- Classtools – Classtools is an EdTech treasure trove with a QR code creator, random name picker, Fakebook, fake Twitter, and more.
- Adobe Spark
- Canva – Don’t buy a motivational poster—make your own! Or better yet, have your students make them and display their work.
Domain 3: Instruction
Domain 3 is the heart of the framework, focusing on engaging students in learning and instruction. It pulls in features of teaching such as assessment, communication, and being a flexible educator.
- Screencast-O-Matic – Record a lesson or presentation that is easy to share and embed in your class website or LMS.
- Padlet – Add comments, links, pictures, and videos to this virtual sticky note board.
- EdPuzzle – Do you want to make sure that students watched the video before class? Try this tool to embed questions into videos.
- Socrative – These tools offer fun ways to conduct formative assessments.
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
Domain 4 relates to the power of reflection. You don’t want to be that teacher who uses the same lessons each year. Shake it up. Ask yourself, what is best for my students? This domain also relates to professional development (PD) and growing as an educator of excellence.
- Podcasts – Podcasts are PD in your car! Want a few suggestions to get you started?
- KDP – Check out KDP’s webinars and share what you learned on social media. #kappadeltapi
- PLN (professional [or personal] learning network) – Twitter and Instagram are where I go to learn all the latest tools and how they are being used in classrooms. Read more about PLNs on my blog: “3 Lies Preservice Teachers Believe About Twitter” (bit.ly/Fecich3Lies) and “3 Reasons Why a PLN Is Important for a Preservice Teacher” (bit. ly/FecichPLN).
How can you implement educational technology based on the domains? Share your ideas!
Dr. Fecich is a former special education teacher and now is Assistant Professor and Instructional Technologist at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She enjoys connecting with other educators about teacher prep, STEM, augmented reality, and mobile learning. Please send your educational technology questions to Sfecich@gmail.com.