ASSURE Model Instructional Plan

 

Lesson Title: Teaching young students to use the online databases at public library

Name: Susan Lee

Grade Level : Middle School/Junior High

Content Area:

Lesson Length: (45-50 minutes)

Analyze Learners

The classroom consists of 15 students, 8 females and 7 males. The students’ ages range from twelve to fourteen years old. These students are typically bright but from lower socio-economic background. The students have public library cards, are patrons, and have a general working knowledge of how to locate books in a library. But they don’t know what online resources are available or how to use them yet.

The majority have limited computer experience though they do know how to navigate the internet and create word processed documents from prior lessons. Many of their assignments this year require the students to use the library’s online databases to locate articles and book reviews.

Students often learn best by actively doing, participating and repeating tasks. The lesson is centered on group discussion, practice and group learning to enhance learning.

 

State Objectives
The Learning Objectives are as followed:

Students will learn how to access the online database available through the San Diego Public Library, obtain a working knowledge of what they will find in each database and learn how to search them i.e. locating articles using key search words, author, subject or etc.

Students will be divided into 5 groups with 3 in each group. Groups will be based on members’ level of knowledge and favorite subjects (i.e. English, History or Science) . Each group will be assigned one online database to learn about and then have to teach the rest of the class about that database.

A – Audience

B – Behavior

C – Condition

D – Degree

Middle to Junior High school students (audience) will be able to access and search at least 3 to 5 (degree) different online databases (behavior) available to them for free through the city public libraries when given a subject, topic or review assignment (condition).

Group 1:  Biography Resource Center; will be given a list of persons to search, some notable and some unfamiliar to most young students

Group 2: General One File; will locate 2 to 3 articles on a relevant subject pre-chosen by them.

Group 3: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center; will find 2 to 3 relevant articles on a controversial issue or subjecting affecting youth today, using key words chosen by the students

Group 4: Literature Resource Center; will locate the biography of a pre-chosen author and 1-2 articles or reviews of one of his or her works.

Group 5: San Diego Union Tribune 1992-present; will locate an article about a notable area landmark in 1999, 2007, and the current year.

Each group will be given 15-20 minutes to familiarize themselves with their assigned database and complete their exercise. They will each show the class how to use the database and answer questions. Teacher will step in as needed.

 

 

Select Media, Materials, and Methods
1. Projector for opening PowerPoint presentation.

2. Classroom computers (5 available) for Internet research use.

3. Large paper, markers, colored pencils, etc. for group exercises.

4. Blackboard or dry erase board for students to use.

5. Photocopies of list of Children’s Databases available to San Diego Public Library patrons

http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/pdf/100311childyadatabases.pdf

6. Rewards for students.

Utilize Media, Materials, and.

Utilize Media, Materials, and Methods
1.         The projector is to be used for the opening PowerPoint presentation that introduces

 

Require Learner Participation

1.                                                                          Before the lesson begins, students will have to have filled out a survey to help teacher assess prior knowledge over computer use and online database usage. Survey will include questions that help determine if the student is a better at learning via visual or verbal or etc. learning styles and determine strengths/ weaknesses.

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The students will have also had to pick a subject and list several ‘key search’ or words related to the topic.

3.

Group #1 will

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Group #2 will

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Group #3 will

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Group #4 will

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Group #5 will

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Evaluate & Revise
Evaluation methods for each of the following are included:

1.    Student Performance

2.    Media Effectiveness

3.    Instructor Performance

ASSURE Model Instructional Plan

 

Lesson Title: Teaching seniors to use the online databases

Name: Susan Lee

Grade Level (if appropriate) N/A

Lesson Length (Total Time): 40-45 minutes

 

Analyze Learners

1.    Number of Students – 12 (due to number of limited computers in the library)

2.    No. of Males/Females – 7 females, 5 males

3.    Age Range – 50 to 67 years old

4.    Mental, Social, Physical, Social Notes such as:

o      Disabilities – some hearing impaired or sight impaired due to age

o      Learning Differences – none noted

o      Cultural/Ethnic Notes – none noted

o      Etc.

5.    Current Knowledge, Prerequisites, and Notes about Learner Attitudes – some are new to internet use, may have memory impairment issues

6.    Learning Styles

(Estimate % of Students)

o      Visual – 15%

o      Auditory (Aural) 40%

o      Kinesthetic (Hands On) 45%

Other: Most are retired individuals with working class backgrounds and have families with younger children in them.

 

State Objectives

Senior patrons will learn how to access the online database, obtain a working knowledge of what they will find in each database and learn how to search them i.e. locating articles or needed information using key search words through direct hands-on of experience.

Senior patrons will learn why online databases are useful and how they could use them under different scenarios like locating an old news article in Proquest, locating a book review for a title they are interested in reading, Readers’ Advisory or assisting a child or grandchild in homework.

Senior patrons will use integrated learning practices in their lessons to help retain knowledge.

Even senior patrons with limited capabilities will be able to respond and participate in discussions and tasks. Teacher will also clearly show how the topics covered in the databases are relevant to their interests and day-to-day needs.

ABCDs of strong objectives are included:

A – Audience

B – Behavior

C – Condition

D – Degree

Senior patrons (audience) will be able to access and search at least 3 to 5 (degree) different online databases (behavior) available to them for free through the city public libraries when given a subject, topic or review assignment (condition)

 

Select Media, Materials, and Methods
1.

12 library computers available for Internet research use (small class size is often more beneficial to most students)

2.

Chalkboard or blackboard with chalk or erasable markers for lesson.

3.

Photocopies of handout:

4.

http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/pdf/100309alldatabases.pdf

5.

Microphone for teacher use during lesson if needed

6.

Adaptive software and monitor equipment for seniors with vision impairment (monitors with anti-glare are helpful)

7.

Teacher will guide the students to the SDPL website and show them how to access the databases from the links. Also how to access the databases at home or another location using their library card number.

8.

Choose one database (Current Newspapers Collection) and show them how to do a basic search.

9.

Teacher will point out common options such as customizing the search, saving, printing, etc.

10.

Teacher will have student repeat the task independently at their own rate rather than focus on step by step instruction to give tasks more meaning.

11.

Teacher will observe their work and step in as needed.

12.

Review what they’ve done (Describe what they have just accomplished)

13.

Repeat what they have done with a different database (Books in Print) to locate bibliographic information for titles.

14.

Review what they’ve done to reiterate and give completed tasks meaning.

15.

Repeat what they have done with a different database (Ancestry Library) for genealogical and historical research.

16.

Review what they’ve done to reiterate and give completed tasks meaning.

17.

Repeat what they have done with a different database (Fiction Connection) to find a book recommendation based on genre or other books they have liked.

18.

Repeat what they have done with Health and Resource Center database as many often have health issues or questions.

19.

Review what they have done. Or stop and answer any questions.

20.

Repeat with Reference USA to locate a U.S business or health care business or WorldCat First Search to locate an item in an international library if there is enough time.

21.

Briefly review the process they have learned and the results they have achieved so they feel rewarded and have accomplished something.

 

Utilize Media, Materials, and Methods

The chalkboard or blackboard will be used to introduce basic search concepts and clarify any questions during the lesson.

The computers with internet will be used to give senior patrons hands-on instruction and experience in using online databases.

The hands-on experience and repetition of exercises will help the students retain the information better.

Lesson plan is not terribly strict or formal to encourage interaction, a positive atmosphere and foster a more welcoming atmosphere. Teacher should be adaptable as needed to fit the students’ needs and allow them time to think and study what they are doing.

Emphasize how much they are learning i.e. using several databases to find information and be lifelong learners.

 

Require Learner Participation
1.                                                                          Senior patrons will fill out a survey at the beginning of class about their level of computer knowledge and use, and what they hope to get out of the session.

2.                                                                          Teacher will review the answers at the end of class to see if the session has met their needs, clarify any questions and reiterate that a librarian is always there to help them if they require further assistance.

3.                                                                          Senior patrons must be attentive to instruction and complete hands-on exercises in online database usage and keyword or subject searches.

Evaluate & Revise
Evaluation methods for each of the following are included:

1.    Student Performance

Teacher will gage effectiveness by monitoring the patrons’ work, how well they navigate the databases, and how well they can answer questions about the database.

2.    Media Effectiveness

Teacher will gage how the students respond to the presentation, and adjust accordingly for the future.

3.    Instructor Performance

Teacher will gage their performance according to how well the projected learning outcome was achieved, student responsiveness and student feedback in the form of a post lesson survey.

ASSURE Model Instructional Plan

 

Lesson Title: Teaching young ESL patrons to use the online databases

Name: Susan Lee

Grade Level (if appropriate) N/A

Lesson Length (Total Time): 40-45 minutes

 

Analyze Learners

1.    Number of Students – 10 (due to number of limited computers in the library)

2.    No. of Males/Females – 4 females, 6 males

3.    Age Range – 11-15 years old

4.    Mental, Social, Physical, Social Notes such as:

o      Disabilities – none noted

o      Learning Differences – due to language barriers

o      Cultural/Ethnic Notes – none noted

o      Etc.

5.    Current Knowledge, Prerequisites, and Notes about Learner Attitudes – some are new to internet use and don’t have full working grasp of English language

6.    Learning Styles

(Estimate % of Students)

o      Visual – 30%

o      Auditory (Aural) 15%

o      Kinesthetic (Hands On) 55%

Other: Young students; bright but often from immigrant families or second generation families where English usage in home is limited.

 

State Objectives

The patrons will learn how to access the online database, obtain a working knowledge of what they will find in each database and learn how to search them i.e. locating articles or needed information using key search words through direct hands-on of experience.

The students will have to do word association and learn key search terms as well as Boolean logic to get the most out of their searches.

The students will learn how to recognize a scholarly article. They will also gain a working knowledge of how to find reliable and trustworthy online articles for research purposes.

A – Audience

B – Behavior

C – Condition

D – Degree

Middle to Junior High school students (audience) will be able to access and search at least 3 to 5 (degree) different online databases (behavior) available to them for free through the city public libraries when given a subject, topic or review assignment (condition).

The focus will be in:

Biography Resource Center

General One File

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Literary Resource Center

New York Times 1992-present

The patrons (audience) will be able to access and search at least 3 to 5 (degree) different online databases (behavior) available to them for free through the city public libraries when given a subject, topic or review assignment (condition)

 

Select Media, Materials, and Methods
1. Projector for opening PowerPoint presentation and projecting teacher’s computer screen.

2. Classroom computers (10 available) for Internet research use.

3. Aid of translator or 2-3 library volunteers who speak Spanish or dominant language to translate or assist students.

4. Large paper, markers, colored pencils, etc. for group exercises.

5. Blackboard or dry erase board for students to use.

6. Photocopies of list of Children’s Databases available to San Diego Public Library patrons

http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/pdf/100311childyadatabases.pdf

7. Exercise handouts for database searches with translations as needed.

8. Rewards for students.

 

Utilize Media, Materials, and Methods

The projector is to be used for the opening PowerPoint presentation that introduces the students to the resources available at the library.

The teacher points out how to access the databases from the main library website. Also how to access the databases at home or another location using their library card number and use the basic functions or attributes like the keyword boxes, the search button, how to sort and save search results, other basic features and other options in advance search.

Teacher will use projector to walk the students through the process with translators assisting as needed.

The computers with internet will be used to give patrons hands-on instruction and experience in using online databases.

The hands-on experience and repetition of exercises will help the students retain the information better.

Lesson plan is not terribly strict or formal to encourage interaction, a positive atmosphere and foster a more welcoming atmosphere. Teacher should be adaptable as needed to fit the students’ needs and allow them time to think and study what they are doing.

Emphasize how much they are learning i.e. using several databases to find information and be lifelong learners.

 

Require Learner Participation
1.

The patrons will fill out a survey at the beginning of class about their level of computer knowledge and use, and what they hope to get out of the session.

2.

Teacher will review the answers at the end of class to see if the session has met their needs, clarify any questions and reiterate that a librarian is always there to help them if they require further assistance.

3.

The patrons must be attentive to instruction and complete hands-on exercises in online database usage and keyword or subject searches.

Evaluate & Revise
Evaluation methods for each of the following are included:

1.    Student Performance

Teacher will gage effectiveness by monitoring the patrons’ work, how well they navigate the databases, and how well they can answer questions about the database.

2.    Media Effectiveness

Teacher will gage how the students respond to the presentation, and adjust accordingly for the future.

3.    Instructor Performance

Teacher will gage their performance according to how well the projected learning outcome was achieved, student responsiveness and student feedback in the form of a post lesson survey.

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