2016 Method of Teaching Informatics III

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Matsuda Toshiki  Hatano Kazuhiko 
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Course description and aims

- In this course, exercises to design a unit-plan, a lesson plan, instructional materials, and a method of learner assessment are given while choosing specific unit of “Information Study by the Scientific Approach” or “Information Study for Participation in the Community,” then discussion of lesson improvement is conducted based on a microteaching. Finally, a home-work exercise to improve and complete the materials necessary to perform a lesson is given.
- Aims of this lesson are to cultivate practical problem-solving ability required as teachers in charge of “Information Study.” Every students experience the role of teachers in the microteaching once, and acquire skills of instruction including practical use of ICT as an instructional tool.

Student learning outcomes

Students are required to achieve following objectives:
1) Can make an appropriate year- and unit-plan and lesson plan by integrating fundamental knowledge on informatics education learned in “Studies on Method of Information Study I & II” to the method of instructional design and assessment learned in “Educational Technology for Curriculum and Lesson Design” while taking consideration with the “Warp and Woof Model of Problem Solving.”
2) Can generate various lesson plans while taking considerations with several learners’ situations and referring to a textbook, reference books, and web pages, etc., then choose better one from them to achieve learning objectives defined in the National Course of Studies effectively.
3) Can carry out the lesson according to own lesson plan while utilizing effective skills of instructions, understanding students’ situations, and making an appropriate judgment based on the teacher's decision model.
4) Recognize innovative instruction required to solve current issues and needs of Information Study education, and can make a lesson plan corresponding to the needs.


Unit plan, lesson design, development of instructional materials, microteaching, skills of instruction, warp and woof model of problem-solving, informatical and systematical ways of viewing and thinking, internal knowledge, external knowledge, assessment criteria

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of three 5-hour lessons. Students are required to complete each homework assignment until the next class. Class activities are focused on presentation (or microteaching) and discussion of the homework.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Making a unit-plan, Objective analysis, Design of problem- solving activities based on Warp and Woof model Making a unit-plan, objective analysis of the lesson, and lesson flow analysis
Class 2 Classifying internal and external knowledge, Designing instructional materials Making a lesson plan and instructional materials
Class 3 Microteaching and discussion Improving the lesson plan and the instructional materials


・National Course of Studies for the Upper Secondary Schools. (In Japanese)
・Guidebook of National Course of Studies for the Upper Secondary Schools: Informatics. (In Japanese
・Textbooks of Information Studies (In Japanese)
・Toshiki Matsuda, Atsuko Hoshino, and Kazuhiko Hatano (2013) Lesson Improvement with Learners: Instructional Design, Method of Instruction, and Educational Assessment. Gakubunsya (In Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

・Gaming instructional materials developed in my laboratory for Information Studies
・National Institute for Educational Policy Research (2012) Sample Materials for Developing Assessment Criteria and Improving Evaluation Method of Academic Achievement: Upper Secondary Schools Level

Assessment criteria and methods

・Students will be assessed based on ratio of attendance, exercises in the classes, homework exercises.
・Students who did not submit a homework before the class, did not improve all homework assignments after the classes, or were absent more than once lose their credit.

Related courses

  • LAT.A203 : Educational Technology for Curriculum and Lesson Design
  • LAT.I201 : Studies on Method of Information Study I
  • LAT.I202 : Studies on Method of Information Study II
  • Educational Technology for Curriculum and Lesson Design, Studies on Method of Science Teaching I&II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

・Students are required to earn every credit (or have successfully finished in the same term) for related courses of LAT.
・Students are required to earn more than 18 credits for more than four areas of related courses certified as “Information Study” in the teacher promotion program.
・Students are required to send an application e-mail that includes ID, name, major program, and e-mail address to following contact address until required date announced by bulletin board and Web page of Teacher Promotion Program other than the formal application to university office.
・Part-time students who can take this course are only graduates of Tokyo Tech.
・Students who have already taken a credit of a similar course cannot take this course.

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・Students are required to have own facilities and abilities to perform homework by means of Office software.
・Students need to make instructional materials with paying attention to intellectual property rights enough.

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