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Pam's comparison of 4 Ts and e-Design

e-design good for planning and 4Ts for keeping lessons on track

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Pam Large
27 March 2014

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Comparison of 4 Ts and e-Design Template representations from the perspective of a classroom teacher

Readability : 4T – ideal to keep track of a pre-planned lesson; eD – more useful for initial planning

Expressiveness: 4T – doesn’t include objectives/success criteria/pedagogy; eD – makes the nature of activities clearer

Utility – 4T – useful to have to hand during lessons; eD – more useful for initial planning

I probably chose these two because they are closest to what I used to use as a classroom teacher. The learning design I documented in Activity 1b only covered a 5 minute section of a lesson but the 4T model would be very useful for keeping track of the whole lesson or allowing another teacher to replicate it - with chemistry apparatus included in the technology column. (This often happens in chemistry/physics teaching in UK secondary schools because there aren’t enough specialists to go round.) It wouldn’t help with the initial planning of the learning activities though.

In the past I’ve found the 7 E Learning Cycle Model for initial planning and then moved to something like the 4 t’s model to keep learning activities on track.

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