Edutopia’s Unit Planning Guide
Edutopia published a unit planning guide that's quite good. I like the fact that it focuses on the experiences you desire your students to have – engagement is a key factor in student success and learning retention. The guide says, "Building rich experiences into a unit plan is complicated. As an aid for tweaking or overhauling the big elements of a unit plan, we’ve created a checklist, broken into planning steps. You cannot do it all, so make your curriculum choices count."
Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student openaccess computer facility, a K12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center.
Nathan served eight years (20042012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was reelected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board.
A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State