Instructional design/Technology-based lessons/What is a TBL
Key Componenets of a TBL
A TBL is easily recognized when you walk into a classroom/computer lab and see a group of students actively engaged
learning the material at hand, and a teacher who is walking around assisting students with their computers.
The key components of a TBL are the students, teacher, computers, and other pieces of technology.
A technology based lesson (TBL) allows the teacher and students to work together to
achieve the common goal of learning the material. However, in a TBL the students are given
more interaction both with each other and the instructor to ensure maximum learning in
Students that learn through a TBL are given the parameters of a project and a computer.
They are required to use the technology to give them the information needed to complete the project.
Here is an example TBL on plate tectonics.
"Students, we are going to go over these few slides of notes to get background information
that you will need to complete our next project. Once these notes are complete, we will be
completing a Plate Tectonics Project. During this project, each of you will be assigned a
tectonic event, such as volcano or earthquake, that you will research and complete a report on.
You will present your findings in a five minute presentation to the class next week. Once you
have your tectonic event, you will receive a list of approved websites to help you find your
The required information is as follows:
Fault line or plate boundary they occurred at.
Type of volcano or fault line.
Number of deaths
What the major causes of death were.
Dates and historical information
How far away effects were felt
Global climate changes
Where your information came from
Presentation of 3-5 minutes
Then, you will need to choose a way to display your information from one of these:
video address such as a news conference posted to YouTube, a music video that tells the required
information, a powerpoint presentation, if you have any other options, you make speak to me
about it after class.
Advantages and Disadvantages
|Allows the teacher to guide the students to the information||Students are not constantly observed by the teacher|
|Allows the student to display their knowledge with their strengths||Technology is expensive|
|Allows teacher to design requirements for each individual student and their ability level||Students cannot easily make up missed work|
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