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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: Educational Technology

Lesson planning… steps to success

I recently learned about Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction.

Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction are based on cognitive learning theories and the sequence in which we process information. Gagne, Wager, Golas, and Keller (2005) define instruction “as a set of events external to the learner designed to support the internal processes of learning. The events of instruction are designed to activate the processes of information processing, or at least to parallel their occurrence, and support the process” (p. 194). This is the basis for the linear path of the 9 events of instruction which are in order starting with:

  1. gaining attention
  2. stating objectives
  3. recalling previous learning
  4. presenting the content/material
  5. providing or facilitating learning
  6. eliciting performance
  7. giving feedback about the performance
  8. assessing the performance
  9. focusing on retention and transfer of knowledge

I am a very big fan of infographics and found an awesome site with infographics for each of the 9 events of instruction:

Attn Teachers: We have been invited to change the world! @adambellow

It’s been over a month since I watched Adam Bellow’s closing keynote at ISTE and I am still telling people about how awesome it was. Here it is for those who did not get the chance to watch it live in San Antonio.

Fast-forward to 22 minutes into the video

Another favorite from EduTecherBrief History of Tech in Education

Student In-Class Collaborative Google Drive Presentation

Today in class I divided the 80 student class into groups to work collaboratively on a Google Drive Presentation about two videos they watched, The Science of Sex Appeal and Life’s Greatest Miracle.  To create a class collaborative presentation follow these steps:

  • Create a Presentation in Google Drive
    • Go to
    • Create a Presentation
    • Click on the blue “share” button and set the presentation to share with “anyone with the link” and be sure to set it so that anyone with the link can edit (the default is that they can view, you must change it to edit).
    • Make a title slide and a slide for each group to use
      • Title slide
        • Put the title of the presentation
        • Include a tiny url to the document (this makes it easy for students to access it)
          • Go to
          • copy the url of the presentation and paste it into the tiny url box.  You can now just click create tiny url, or you can make a custom tiny url with your presentation title.
      • Group slides
        • Create a slide for each group.  You can number them or identify the slides by topics.  This makes it easy for each group to identify the slide they are editing.
  • Watch live as all groups work on one collaborative presentation!
    • You will be able to see the work they are all doing at the same time
  • Once the presentation is complete each group presents their slide.

This is a fun way to get the entire class involved and move quickly between groups!


Are you a good Digital Citizen?

Today in class while discussing the positive and negative effects of digital communication we started to talk about proper behavior online and how to keep us safe.  One student noted that schools try to keep kids safe by blocking certain websites. But, does it make sense that a school has a Facebook page yet blocks Facebook?  Iss blocking websites the way to go? Or rather, should teachers be teaching kids proper use of the web and not avoid the topic by blocking the sites?  Who is responsible for teaching Digital Citizenship?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) describes 9 elements of Digital Citizenship.

  1. Digital Access
  2. Digital Commerce
  3. Digital Communication
  4. Digital Literacy
  5. Digital Etiquette
  6. Digital Law
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  8. Digital Health and Wellness
  9. Digital Security

Were you taught these elements in school or at home?

Do you feel this is an important issue for schools to address?

For additional information:

How to embed a Google Drive presentation on WordPress, Blogger, and Weebly

Google Drive is a great tool for collaboration.  Today in class students met in groups and were in charge of filling in the information on their designated slide in a presentation on Pregnancy.  The presentation used in the following video was done simultaneously during class. I used this collaborative presentation to create the following video to show how to embed Google Drive presentations in WordPress, Blogger, or Weebly.  To embed a Google Drive presentation you need to go to the presentation that you made in Google Drive, click on “file” then click on “publish to the web”, then copy the embed code.


Get to know Google Drive… create, share, publish, embed… AMAZING!!!

This video is a quick introduction to Google Drive.  I hope this video helps you learn how to use Google Drive, it is an amazing FREE tool that I know you will love!  However, you probably won’t like it the first time you use it.  I remember the first time I used it and I passed it off as just another tool I didn’t need. I now understand and greatly appreciate the amazingness of this product.

A few reasons you should use Google Drive instead of Microsoft Office or iWork:

  • You can collaborate with others!  With Google Drive you can share your document with others and each of you can work on it at the exact same time.  No more emailing documents back and forth!
  • Because each document has a unique web address you can easily share your documents with others by changing it from private to public. Once you allow others to view it you just send them the link!  You don’t have to upload it!
  • You can embed your documents into websites.  You can publish your document to the web and get an embed code to embed it anywhere.  And, every time you make a change it automatically updates wherever it has been embedded.
    • Teachers: Use Google Drive for your syllabi and/or lectures then you can embed them into your LMS.  And again, whenever you make a change it automatically changes the document you have in your LMS.

I can go on and on about its usefulness.  Give it a try, you won’t regret it!



Use PowerPoint to easily create a one page poster and save it as a picture!

These pictures will guide your through how to use PowerPoint to create a one page poster and then save it as a photo, so that you can easily share it our upload it to your websites/blogs.

These are made with the Mac version of PowerPoint and may look slinky different than the PC version of PowerPoint, but it should still be very very similar.








These photos were made by taking screenshots on my Mac and using Jot app for iPad.

How to build a WordPress site… Just follow these pictures
















These pictures were made completely using an iPad, LOVE IT!!! Just take screenshots by holding down the home button and sleep/wake button simultaneously. I then used Jot, a free program from the AppStore, which allows you to import photos and then draw or write on them. Super easy!

If you have other tips for setting up websites/blogs, or have any questions please feel free to comment!

How to build a Blogger site… Just follow these pictures















These pictures were made completely using an iPad, LOVE IT!!! Just take screenshots by holding down the home button and sleep/wake button simultaneously. I then used Jot, a free program from the AppStore, which allows you to import photos and then draw or write on them. Super easy!

If you have other tips for setting up websites/blogs, or have any questions please feel free to comment!